EVSC gathering information on teacher pay tax referendum

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – After thousands of Indiana teachers attended the “Red for Ed” rally in Indianapolis last week, there’s a push in Evansville to raise teacher pay without making new laws.

As we told you Monday night, the EVSC School Board passed a resolution – asking Superintendent Dr. David Smith to research a possible referendum on a property tax levy.

The EVSC says it’s in the early stages of gathering information.

Spokesperson Jason Woebkenberg says the state changed funding for schools – leaving districts with a big lack of funding.

“We’ve been funded below inflation over the last 8 years to the tune of $88 million – just to keep pace with inflation – makes it very difficult to pay educators what they’re worth and what they’re deserving of – when you’re looking at funding situations like that when you look at the budget they passed for the next two years that takes us up to $100 million below– just keeping pace with inflation.”

There was no talk on how much the tax increase would be.

Reports show the annual salary for a teacher in Indiana is anywhere between $30,000 and $90,000.

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(This story was originally published on Nov. 26, 2019)

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