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IPS approves new contract that includes highest teacher raises in three years

Posted: 8:22 PM, Dec 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-20 23:39:23-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Public schools Board of school Commissioners approved a new contract on Thursday that includes a significant raise for Indianapolis teachers.

The approved contract for the 2018-19 school year allots an extra $5.2 million, with benefits, toward salaries for the nearly 2,000 eligible teachers in the district. The salary increase will make IPS 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.”

IPS says Teachers will also receive retroactive back pay dating to the start of the contract.

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