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IFT President applauds teacher minimum salary bill signing

by Marilou Lerner | Aug 22, 2019
Bill's passing is a major step in addressing the teacher shortage.
IFT President Dan Montgomery released the following statement today after Governor Pritzker signed a bill that raises the statutory minimum teacher salary to $40,000 (HB 2078).

“We have a teacher shortage in our state, and research shows that fair compensation plays a major factor in a person's decision to choose and stay in a profession,” said IFT President Dan Montgomery. “Too often new teachers struggle financially, and many are forced to work a second job to make ends meet. This legislation is a major step in improving starting salaries and paying teachers based upon their years of education, which will encourage high-quality professionals to enter and stay in the profession. We thank Senator Manar and Representative Stuart for advancing this much-needed bill and Governor Pritzker for signing it into law.”

A number of IFT members and teacher advocates attended the bill signing.

  • Michelle Anderson – Champaign Federation of Teachers membership coordinator; 21-year middle school reading specialist teacher
  • Chuck Noud – President of Granite City Federation of Teachers; 20-year band teacher
  • Brandi Many – 15-year AP physics teacher in Quincy
  • Spencer Saal – President of Madison Federation of Teachers; 10-year high school science teacher
  • Kate Schumacher – IFT Field Service Director; 18-year English teacher, Quincy
  • Jen White – IFT Field Service Director; 18-year middle school science teacher
  • Michelle Paul – Director of the IFT Department of Political Activities

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Shown left to right: Qunicy teacher Brandi Many, IFT Field Service Director Katie Schumacher, Madison Federation of Teachers President Spencer Saal, State Rep. Katie Stuart, Granite City Federation of Teachers President Chuck Noud, IFT Field Service Director Jen White and Champaign Federation of Teachers Membership Coordinator Michelle Anderson

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