Nov. 21, 2017

The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners unanimously approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Indianapolis Education Association (IEA) during the Agenda Review Session on Nov. 16.

The approved contract for the 2017-18 school year means the district’s more than 2,100 teachers will receive a raise.

Highlights of the agreement:

  • Teachers (including those at the top of the pay scale) will receive a two-percent raise if they received an effective or highly-effective rating on their evaluation and have worked with the district for at least 120 days.
  • The additional pay is retroactive to the beginning of this school year.
  • Eligible high school teachers will receive a $2,500 or $5,000 bonus for staying with the district until the end of the school year.
  • Teacher leaders will receive expanded bonuses of up to $7,000.
  • New healthcare plan options could decrease some employee premiums by more than 50 percent.

“We are pleased by the successful collaboration with the IEA,” said Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “IPS is committed to continued implementation of our Strategic Plan to competitively compensate our teachers for performance and loyalty through salary, benefits and innovative leadership opportunities despite drastically reduced state funding.”

In a recent interview, IPS teachers described the district as loyal, innovative and pivotal. This contract has far-reaching impacts that will continue to move teachers up the ladder, creating more opportunities for growth, leadership and innovation.

Now is the time to join teamIPS!