NDIANAPOLIS — A controversial Indiana bill that Republican lawmakers contend would increase transparency around school curricula has drawn opposition from dozens of teachers who testified Monday at the Statehouse that the legislation would censor classroom instruction and place unnecessary additional workloads on educators.
The School City of Hammond is significantly boosting pay for its teachers and all other school personnel amid increased competition for experienced workers. New collective bargaining agreements ratified Dec. 21 by the school district's board of trustees provide an 11.3% raise for all employees, retroactive to the July 7 start of the 2021-22 school year. In addition, educators are receiving a $3,000 stipend payment on top of the salary hike, while administrators and support staff are getting one-time stipends equivalent to 6.2% of their annual salaries.
Scholarship applications are open for high school and college students planning to teach in Indiana for at least five years. The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship program awards high-achieving high schoolers and college students $7,500 per year of college, up to $30,000. Students are encouraged to apply quickly because only 200 scholarships are available.
School City of Hammond was approved as one of 23 successful Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee grant applications written by South Shore Clean Cities for its members and itself. South Shore Clean Cities and its members were awarded $8.9 million in Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund grants funds for 106 alternative fuel and electric vehicles and pieces of equipment as well as funds for a statewide electric vehicle campaign, the nonprofit announced.
On the first day of school, eighth-grade teacher Jennifer Young told her principal she’d be gone for a week in mid-September, so she’d need a substitute to fill in. Young said she had a sub lined up for all five days, but that person quit. Given the substitute teacher shortage School City of Hammond and other districts are facing, there wasn't another sub assigned to cover Young's class. Instead, her fellow teachers filled in for her when they could.
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