A Year Ago, A Republican Vetoed A $40,000 Minimum Teacher Salary. A Democrat Just Signed It Into Law.

On August 26th, 2018, the Republican governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, vetoed a modest $40,000 teacher minimum salary.

On Thursday, the legislation became law thanks to his Democratic successor.

The Hill reports:

“Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed legislation Thursday that would raise the minimum salary a teacher can earn in the state to $40,000 by the first day of school in 2023.

‘As Illinois children head back to school this week and next, this new law says to them and their parents loud and clear: we value teachers,’ Pritzker said in a series of tweets.

Under H.B. 2078, the Illinois School Code would be amended to raise the minimum salary a teacher can earn in the state incrementally over the next several years.

School districts would be required to pay full-time teachers a minimum salary of $32,076 for the 2020-2021 school year, $34,576 for the 2021-2022 school year, $37,076 for the 2022-2023 school year and $40,000 for the 2023-2024 school year.”

For the rest of the story, visit The Hill here.

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