The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners unanimously approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Indianapolis Education Association (IEA) at Thursday night’s Board Action Session. The approved contract for the current 2018-19 school year means the district’s nearly 2,000 eligible teachers will receive a significant raise. The salary increase totals $5.2 million (with benefits), ranking IPS as the second-highest paying public school district in the city.

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • 1-year contract.
  • Eligible teachers (i.e., rated “effective” or “highly effective”) will receive an increase.
  • Raises ranging from 3 to 9 percent.
  • Minimum increase for most eligible teachers is $2,586.
  • Increased starting pay for new teachers to $42,587 (from $40,000).
  • Increased scale to $74,920 for max earnings (from $59,400).

“We are pleased to complete one of the biggest salary compensation increases with the IEA in three years,” said Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “These substantial teacher raises were made possible thanks to the recent successful passage of the operating referendum. Now, we can adequately compensate those on the front lines of educating our children for performance and loyalty through salary and benefits.”

“We are proud that this agreement makes a major step toward rectifying the existing pay gap between IPS and surrounding school districts,” said Indianapolis Education Association President Ronald Swann. “We look forward to working with IPS and our IEA members over the next year as we fight for increased funding at the state level and collaboratively make decisions about the future of teacher compensation in the district.” 

Teachers will receive retroactive pay, meaning they will get back pay dating to the start of the contract.