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March 2, 2018 - Volume 38 Issue 8

Chalkbeat (2/27, Cavazos) reports Indiana lawmakers “revived” on Tuesday “a controversial proposal to allow district schools to hire up to 10 percent unlicensed teachers,” as the legislators “said they wanted to address teaching shortages by allowing traditional public schools to have similar flexibility in hiring as charter schools.” Republican Rep. Bob Behning, chairman of the House Education Committee, reintroduced the measure through an amendment to Senate Bill 387, which “now also includes provisions to allow districts to give certain teachers extra pay and change teacher pay scales.”

“Words empty as the wind are best left unsaid.” – Homer (800 BCE), the name ascribed by the ancient Greeks to the legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems which are the central works of ancient Greek literature.

“We are a state at a crossroads, and we’ve created a powder keg.” – Senate President Mitch Carmichael, referring to the statewide teachers’ strike and the issues associated with it

“I have no problem in the world readjusting my views with knowledge from others.” – Gov. Jim Justice on changing his position on pay raises after meeting with teachers and their union leaders

“I’ve said many, many, many times we ought to look at education as an economic driver. But maybe I was looking at it as what was the prudent thing to do and not necessarily looking at education as an investment.” – Gov. Jim Justice on he had changed his stance

“We are taking this bill in good faith at this point. But we reserve the right, if things get bogged down…our people may have to be called back out again. We have to see how the legislative process goes. But our teachers and service personnel want to be back in the classrooms. They want to be with their students.” – WVEA President Dale Lee on Tuesday evening, when he thought the pledge for a higher pay raise would get teachers to end their strike

“There are ways you can commit funds to PEIA that don’t necessarily require it to come from one stream of revenue. We’ve done that before. We committed $95 million at the top of general revenue to pay off the old workers’ comp claims.” – Mike Hall, the governor’s chief of staff and chairman of the task force to fix PEIA

“The governor is absolutely confident that we will meet those revenue estimates.” – Mike McKown, state budget director, on the governor’s revised revenue estimate to cover pay raises

“We are a state in crisis, and I think we’ve taken our eye off the ball. If we don’t raise these salaries, we’re going to continue to lose teachers across the state.” – Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso