Legislature Aims to Increase Teachers' Pay

Legislature Aims to Increase Teachers' Pay

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(KSL News) Lawmakers will consider a number of bills in the coming session aimed at boosting teacher pay and combating the state's teacher shortage.

Yesterday, the Legislature's Education Interim Committee endorsed six bills, four of which address teacher pay.

One of the bills would offer a $5,000 bonus to all highly qualified teachers who fill math and science positions. Another bill would ask school districts to increase teacher pay by 40 percent by switching to year-round schedules.

A third would pay special education teachers and speech-language pathologists for 10 days of extra work focused on individualized education plans.

The last would create a task force to study performance pay for teachers.

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