The Illinois Senate has approved giving Illinois teachers a minimum salary hike.
The Senate voted 37-16 to raise the minimum teacher salary to $40,000 a year. Since 1980, the minimum teacher salary has been $10,000. Based on inflation, state Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said the minimum salary should be at least $32,000.
“Is a full-time teacher worth $32,000 a year? That’s the question this bill proposes, and I believe the answer is an emphatic yes,” said Manar.
Under the proposal, the salary increase would gradually phase in, eventually hitting $40,000 in the 2022-23 school year.
“We have chipped away at this over time, and if we don’t guarantee a decent salary for college graduates, we’re not going to get young people to go into this profession in the first place," said Manar.