It’s an exciting announcement over five years in the making;
our teachers are getting a raise! Indianapolis Public Schools is proud to
report the Board of Commissioners approved a collective bargaining agreement
between IPS and the teachers’ union at Thursday’s Action Session.

Teachers rated Effective and Highly Effective will see pay
increases across the board – whether they’re new teachers, mid-career educators
or veterans of the school system. The base salary for beginning teachers is
increasing from $35,684 to $40,000, which is a 12.1%
raise! 500 of our roughly 2000 teachers will see an immediate bump to the
$40,000 pay grade. Commensurate with state law, teachers who are not
rated at minimum Effective are not eligible for a pay increase the following
year.

“We also have an opportunity
to be strategic about our compensation,” said Superintendent Dr. Lewis D.
Ferebee, “in the sense that we are dramatically increasing salaries not only
for our beginning teachers, but our teachers that are mid-career as well. This
is in response to the number of teachers that we were losing after their first
two or three years in the district; this is also the time we believe a lot of
our teachers are hitting their stride.”

In an effort to increase
retention among those teachers who are entering their peak performance years,
teachers in pay steps 3 through 12 will receive a 5-10% raise. These teachers,
currently with starting salaries ranging from $38,468 to $52,004, will be
eligible for base salaries from $40,200 to $53,200. The maximum base salary for
teachers will increase nearly 3%, from $57,702 to $59,400, and the time it
takes to reach the maximum salary will decrease from 25 years to 16 years. Teachers
at the beginning of their careers will see a salary increase of $4,316, or $166
per paycheck. 

“This has been one of the
issues we’ve looked at ever since I’ve been on the Board, and that’s been about
eight years,” said Board President Diane Arnold. “Every year, we would pull out
the statistics and look at how the IPS teachers were compensated as compared to
our neighboring townships, and we were always on the bottom. It concerned us,
the fact that teachers would come for maybe a year or so, get their new teacher
training in our district, then go to one of the townships where they could make
more money. I’m very proud, I’m very pleased that this administration and the
union have worked together to figure out something.”

IPS is also committed to investing in high-impact teacher
leadership roles; teacher leaders will have the opportunity to earn up to
$18,000
in addition to their base salary increase, which could result in a
nearly 40% total compensation increase for these skilled teachers. Health care
benefits will remain cost-neutral for IPS educators.

“It’s always been my opinion that our teachers should be the
best paid teachers in the region, and this is a great step toward getting them
there,” said Board Vice President Sam Odle. “I hope the community realizes that
we need to make IPS more efficient. The only way we’re going to sustain
competitive salaries for our teachers and other staff is if we make the
district more competitive. We’re getting less money from the state, so we have
to make changes that sometimes are not the easiest to make, but we have to do
that if we want to maintain the best talent – and that’s what our students
deserve is the best instruction that we can give them.”

We look forward to recruiting
and retaining the best possible educators to promote student achievement in
IPS!

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