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Teachers have rallied at schools and the statehouse all year to push for better pay and more respect for their profession, and last month teachers throughout the state flocked to the governor’s teacher pay commission input meetings to reinforce an idea: Indiana’s education policy doesn’t respect public educators. 

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Educators gathered in Elkhart Tuesday night for the third and final hearing on teacher pay in Indiana.

Teacher after teacher came out of the sea of red for ed t-shirts to the microphone at Concord Junior High to tell the state that teachers should be paid more.

Next Indiana Public Teacher Pay Commission Meeting Is Tonight At Concord

Aug 27, 2019
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The Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission will meet publicly for the final time tonight at the Concord Junior High Cafeteria in the Elkhart area. Tonight's meeting will wrap up a series of three meetings held around the state to get public comment on teacher pay. 

In January, Gov. Eric Holcomb tasked the commission with finding innovative ways to raise teacher salaries. 

At the first meeting, more than 100 people turned out – including state teachers union officials, legislative and education leaders. Many in the audience sported bright #RedForEd t-shirts. 

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The Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission met publicly for the first time Monday night. In January, Gov. Eric Holcomb tasked the commission with finding innovative ways to raise teacher salaries. 

More than 100 people turned out for the night of public comment – including state teachers union officials, legislative and education leaders. Many in the audience sported bright #RedForEd t-shirts. 

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The governor’s Teacher Compensation Commission will host public comment sessions across the state in August. 

The commission plans to host three sessions, one each in Indianapolis, Evansville, and Elkhart.

Members from the commission and advisory council will listen to ideas and solutions from the public, as well as concerns focused on improving teacher pay in Indiana. 

The commission will provide a set of policy recommendations to the governor and lawmakers ahead of the 2021 legislative session. 

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WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's declining teacher salaries are leaving many educators feeling undervalued and pushing some to leave the field.

The chairman of the governor’s commission on teacher compensation says Indiana got teacher pay right once, and can do it again, but it won’t be soon.

Lawmakers wrapped up the 2019 legislative session with passage of a new, two-year state budget and a major gambling bill. But a vaping tax couldn’t make it to the finish line.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

The General Assembly gave final approval to a bill this week that pressures schools to spend more money on teachers.

While lawmakers in the Senate decided the fate of several bills Tuesday, a group of public education advocates wearing red gathered downstairs. Teachers unions, the Coalition for Public Education and Indiana PTA helped organize the event as a near-final push for more money in the state budget as the legislative session winds down.

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Senate Republicans released their budget proposal Thursday and it includes more money for teacher appreciation grants, and changes to funding for virtual schools.

The Senate GOP budget would send $535 million more dollars to schools over the next two years - a slight increase compared to the House proposal.

But the Senate plan would also cut the amount of money that goes to virtual schools based on student enrollment.

Indiana’s teacher salaries have been the slowest growing in the country according to a national think tank, and the state’s teachers union says it will take billions of dollars to make up for years of inadequate funding.

Widespread protests in several states have brought teacher pay and school funding into the spotlight, and this year, Indiana educators have pressed for statewide action on the same issues.

Senate lawmakers heard hours of testimony Thursday from teachers and education professionals urging the state to give schools, and ultimately teachers, more money

Hundreds of teachers and supporters of public education rallied at the statehouse Saturday to call for better pay and school funding, because many say the state isn’t doing enough.