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Illinois Votes to Increase Minimum Salary for Teachers

May 18, 2018 - 7:52 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Illinois Senate has voted to raise the minimum salary for teachers.

The previous minimum of $9000 was set in the 1980s. State Senator Andy Manar of Macoupin County sponsored the bill. He says many teachers in his district and across the state are living in poverty.

“We ask them to do more, we ask them to cure the ills of society, and if we don’t guarantee a salary for a college graduate, we’re not going to get the right folks to go into the teaching profession in the first place,” he says.

Manar's bill raises the salary minimum to $32,000 a year starting with the 2019-2020 school year and gradually increases to $40,000 by 2022.

Critics like State Senator Dale Righter wonder how schools would pay for the new mandate.

“If you are looking for the unfunded mandate of unfunded mandates, it is before you right now,” he says.

The bill now moves to the House.