Pritzker to sign bill increasing minimum salary for teachers

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the Reproductive Health Act into law with bill sponsors Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush, left, and Illinois State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, right, at the Chicago Cultural Center on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The law establishes “the fundamental right” of a pregnant woman to have an abortion and states that “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights.” (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is set to sign legislation on Thursday that will raise the minimum salary for teachers across the state.

House Bill 2078 would gradually increase the minimum salary for teachers over the next four years, reaching at $40,000 by the 2023-2024 school year.

Next year, the minimum salary will be $32,076.

Each following year, the minimum salary will rise according to the Consumer Price index.

Currently, the minimum salary for teachers is $10,000 with a bachelor’s degree and $11,000 with a master’s degree.

The State says the bill is meant to address the teacher shortage across Illinois.

Earlier this month, Pritzker signed a bill removing a requirement that teacher candidates pass a basic skills test to receive an education license.

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