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Teacher pay bill dies in Legislature

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): Making sure your kids get the best teachers in math, science and special ed is what Republicans say a bill that has been discarded at the state house would’ve done.

Lawmakers say it would’ve helped solve the teacher shortage by letting administrators negotiate salaries for those teachers outside the collective bargaining agreement.

Kevin Brinegar the State Chamber of Commerce says that’s how business goes in the private sector.

“We have pressure being applied by the teacher unions, because they don’t want anything that would amend the union work rules,” Brinegar says. “And that has, for many years, contributed to the teacher shortage.”

Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne says the bill was killed because of misconceptions that it would harm teacher salaries.

Leaders in the Indiana State Teachers Association, say the bill would have created a divide between teachers and would require schools to have more staffers to handle individual contracts, according to the IndyStar.

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