Indiana GOP holding off teacher pay action in 2020 session

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Keith Gambill, president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, of Evansville, Ind., speaks to the thousands of Indiana teachers wearing red as they surrounded the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 for a rally calling for further increasing teacher pay in the biggest such protest in the state amid a wave of educator activism across the country. Teacher unions says about half of Indiana’s nearly 300 school districts are closed while their teachers attend Tuesday’s rally while legislators gather for 2020 session organization meetings.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(AP)- Top Indiana Republicans are inclined to wait another year before further boosting school funding despite a Statehouse rally by thousands of teachers and state tax revenues growing faster than expected.

Members of the Republican-dominated General Assembly will return Monday to the Statehouse in Indianapolis for their 2020 session, during which they will face continued calls from teacher unions and Democrats for better teacher pay.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb wants to wait for recommendations later this year from his teacher pay commission rather than have lawmakers take action during their session that’s set to last until early March.

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(This story was originally published on January 4, 2020)

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