IPS board approves significant raises for teachers, other employees

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indianapolis Public Schools teachers are getting some good news ahead of the holiday season.

The IPS Board of School Commissioners voted to approve more than $31 million in pay increases for teachers and other employees during a work session Tuesday night.

According to the collective bargaining agreement between IPS and the Indianapolis Education Association,

  • The salary range for the 2019-2020 school year is $45,200 to $82,800, not including TRF contributions.
  • The salary range for the 2020-2021 school year is $47,800 to $90,000, not including TRF contributions.

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, the salaries of returning full-time teachers started at $42,587. The deal also increases the max on the pay scale, which used to be $74,920.

To make up for a previous pay freeze, teachers with more than three years of experience in the district could see increases between $4,400 and $9,400.

The salary increases for the 2019-2020 school year are effective starting July 25, 2019, meaning teachers will get retroactive pay as long as they were employed with IPS as of Nov. 12, 2019. The agreement states no other monetary provisions are retroactive.

IPS says this is the largest teacher pay increase in the district’s history.

The board also approved the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees contract, which includes increased compensation for district service workers, such as custodians, and food service and transportation employees.

Pay increases:

  • Custodial: 7.4 percent or average increase of $2,350
  • Food Service: 1.4 percent or average increase of $450
  • Paraprofessional: 3.7 percent or average increase of $1,100
  • Transportation: 2.7 percent or average increase of $1,000

“IPS is committed to ensuring our employees receive the best compensation possible to bring employees in line with market rate,” said IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson.

“While we’re not where we want to be, we are moving in the right direction and will continue the push to reward our employees for the remarkable work they do to support the students and families of the district.”

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