Friday, September 28, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-76


There will be a strong push in the fall Veto Session to override the governor’s veto of the bill that would provide a mandatory increase in teacher salaries across the state. SB 2892 (Manar, D-Bunker Hill) would set a statewide minimum teacher salary of $40,000 by the 2022-2023 school year. It would take effect in the 2019-2020 school year by requiring beginning teacher salaries to be at least $32,000 per year, then increasing salaries incrementally over four school years. Each year thereafter, the minimum teacher salary would increase yearly by the rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of the school districts in the state would be affected by such a new salary requirement. Any gains in funding due to the new Evidence-Based Funding Formula would be totally consumed by the new salary mandate in many school districts. Under such a law, the net result could actually hurt classroom teachers as school districts would be forced to reduce the teaching force in order to pay the higher salaries.

The Alliance strongly opposes the bill and all school board members and administrators are urged to contact their Senator and encourage a “No Vote“ on a veto override motion. The Alliance letter of opposition to the governor can be reviewed here.

Other points to consider:
  • Over 80% of school expenditures are for personnel costs. Parents, community members, and taxpayers should know that a mandated increase in teacher salaries without specific State funding to pay for those increases will result in cuts to other areas of the school district budget and fewer needed services to students. School district faculty and staff salary and benefits must be determined at the local level. 
  • “One size fits all” mandates do not work well given the diversity of our state. 
  • Of the 1,400 unfilled positions in Illinois schools last year, 90% were in school districts funded below the statutory adequacy level. These districts will disproportionately be affected by this mandate.


The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the “Teach Illinois” report after a year-long study investigating the teacher shortage in Illinois. ISBE is requesting feedback from all stakeholders regarding the report and its recommendations. The full report can be viewed at the ISBE website. Please provide public comment by October 2, 2018 at


Two new opportunities are available for school board members, administrators, and staff to learn about important school safety procedures and training. Both concentrate on the preventative measures school districts can take before school safety is jeopardized in schools. The first one, presented by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, addresses threat assessments and targeted violence. It is scheduled for October 9-10 in Fairview Heights. Click here to view the brochure.

The second one ventures into digital threat assessments and how school board members and administrators can gain a stronger understanding of the current social media world and proactively identify student safety concerns. It is scheduled for October 4th in Wheaton. Here is more information.

School officials are also encouraged to join the Illinois State Police School Safety Information Program. Click here to learn more about this valuable tool or email Mia Langheim at:

Click here to to view previous Alliance Legislative Reports.