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IFT responds to Rauner’s veto of bill to raise minimum teacher salary

8/26/2018
WESTMONT – In response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 2892, the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) released the following statement:
“Tonight’s veto further demonstrates Bruce Rauner’s disrespect for teachers, staff, and the work we do,” said IFT President Dan Montgomery, a high school English teacher. “The IFT supported this effort to increase teacher pay, though it was just one piece of the puzzle to attract and retain the educators our students deserve. We must also fund programs to recruit, support, and diversify our workforce. In addition, we must show teachers more respect by reforming public policy, making retirement security attainable for new teachers, and providing supportive school environments with smaller class sizes, support personnel, and important courses like the arts and vocational training. A good leader would embrace these commonsense approaches to address the teacher shortage and strengthen our public schools, but Bruce Rauner failed once again.”

The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) is made up of more than 100,000 teachers and paraprofessionals in PreK-12 school districts throughout Illinois, faculty and staff at community colleges and universities, public employees under every statewide elected constitutional officer, and retirees.

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