Illinois Senate Approves Minimum Salary for Teachers, But Is It Enough?
For the past couple of months teachers across the nation have walked out schools, rallied, protested and won their fight for better benefits and higher wages.
Perhaps Illinois politicians were taking notes and realized that if something isn't done for our teachers, that our schools and students could face a similar scenario. The last thing our kids and teachers need, even if it is at the end of the school year, is for classes to be canceled and schools to shut down.
As of right now, that's not going happen and perhaps never will now that the Illinois senate has approved a minimum salary for teachers.
According to The State Journal-Register the minimum salary will be raised to $40,000 over the next five years. School districts wouldn't have to raise salaries right away, but it's expected that the minimum be at least $32,076 by the 2019-2022 school year; and by 2022-2023, it should be $40K.
But, is it enough? Should teachers even get an increase? It really depends on who you ask.
Having spoken to a lot of teachers over the past few years, it's easy to say that this is certainly progress, but our teachers do deserve a lot more.