"What it also will do is for us to recalibrate and look at how we compensate teachers,” Rep. Carson said. “If we're willing to pay teachers more, we won't have to worry about them leaving our state to do other things."
The bill could benefit Indiana especially if it offers competitive pay to teachers.
But the Indiana State Teachers Association says it’s a bit concerned that might be a challenge for school districts: It’s already hard enough as it is to find funding.
But otherwise, the group says it supports Rep. Carson’s proposed legislation.
“I think teachers will be pleased to know someone is finally talking about, ‘Can we or can’t we share licenses across states?’” Indiana Teachers Association President Teresa Meredith said. “Being able to have that flexibility would be good for them in terms of looking for employment, especially looking for that first teaching contract.”
Another big plus to the possible legislation: The amount of jobs that open up to people who live in border towns.
“If you live near a state line and there’s nothing immediately around you, it gives you some flexibility to be able to cross over,” Meredith said.
We’ll be keeping an eye on the legislation and let you know when and if it passes.