Friday, August 23, 2019

Alliance Legislative Report 101-24

Governor JB Pritzker continued working through the 600 bills that were approved by the General Assembly and sent to his desk. Many of the new Public Acts have an immediate effect on school districts. While some of the bills recently signed allow for greater flexibility for local districts, there are many that may also have serious repercussions.

One of the most consequential bills signed into law is HB 2078 (Stuart, D-Collinsville). In yearly increments, HB 2078 increases the minimum teacher salary to $40,000 per year. The minimum salary increase would be phased in as follows:

  • Not less than $32,076 for the 2020-2021 school year, 
  • Not less than $34,576 for the 2021-2022 school year, 
  • Not less than $37,076 for the 2022-2023 school year, and 
  • Not less than $40,000 for the 2023-2024 school year.

Following the 2023-24 school year and each year thereafter, subject to review by the General Assembly, the minimum teacher salary shall be increased by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the previous school year. The bill is now Public Act 101-0443, effective January 1, 2020.