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McCormick Skeptical Of Bill Aimed At Giving Teachers A Pay Raise

Jennifer McCormick says she is concerned lawmakers are saying the bill will "guarantee raises" for teachers when she says that's not accurate.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's top educator is skeptical of a plan by state lawmakers to get teachers a pay raise.

House Bill 1003 requests that a school district that gets state money in the next state budget transfer no more than 15-percent of that money to its operation to fund, with the remainder going towards teacher salaries. The bill stops short of requiring schools do it that way. 

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick (R) has a hard time supporting the bill.

"I'm not sure it's the answer," McCormick told IndyPolitics. "Even at 85-15, we're hearing a lot of rhetoric about how it's going to promise some raises and that's clearly not accurate across the state."

McCormink said some school districts are going to have a hard time hitting that 15-percent mark with the remaining 85 going toward raises for teachers. She said some districts are up against circuit breaker or property tax caps, which means they are getting less money on the local level and rely on state funds to make up for that deficit.

"We're hopeful and it's promising that the conversation is still happening," McCormick added. "What worries me is when we are passing bills that say 'this is absolutely result in a pay raise', it's just not accurate."

An amendment pushed by State Rep. Ed Delaney requiring schools to start new teachers at a base salary of $40,000 a year failed in the Indiana House over the weekend. 

(PHOTO: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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