Carney proposes 9% raise for teachers…

Posted on 01-18-2023

Gov. Carney announced his education investments Tuesday, which include a 9% pay raise for classroom teachers and $50 million in opportunity funding for underserved children.

Carney to raise teacher salaries 9% starting in 2023-24

 JANUARY 17, 2023 HEADLINES EDUCATION

{Gov. John Carney on Tuesday announced significant investments that will be included in the Fiscal Year 2024 budget 

“I was raised by two educators. I know the difference a good teacher can make in the life of a student,” said Carney. “That’s why teachers are central to all our efforts in education. And our goal with these investments is pretty straightforward. We want to retain and recruit the best teachers into Delaware schools. The competition for those teachers is intense, but I’m confident we can get this done.” Delaware is facing a shortage of teachers Delaware’s average starting salary for teachers is about $44,000 with the median salary at $58,700.}

Classroom teachers in Delaware’s public schools will receive a 9% increase in their salary next school year.

Others who work in education will receive a 3% raise.

Those announcements came Tuesday from Education Secretary Mark Holodick during an event in which Gov. John Carney detailed the money he was investing in public education in next year’s budget, which starts July 1.

“We can’t afford to wait until November,” Holodick said.

 That’s when salary recommendations are due from the Public Education Compensation Committee, a group created to review and develops suggestions about enhancing Delaware’s educator compensation structure.

Its goal is to attract teachers to work in Delaware – and to keep them in the state – by paying them salaries that are competitive to neighboring states. 

Most notably, Maryland passed a law that would give teachers a starting salary of $60,000, which is nearly $20,000 more than the base pay for Delaware teachers. 

“If we want to recruit and retain quality educators, we need to provide them with a respectable salary at the beginning of their career,” said Rep. Kim Williams, D-Marshallton, chair of the House Education Committee. 

“Educating our children is one of the most important jobs one could ever hold, and we should pay the educators a salary showing that we believe that it’s the most important job,” she said.

Stephanie Ingram, president of the Delaware State Education Association, the state teachers union, was happy with the investment. 

The union supports all public-school employees, whose salary is what the Public Education Compensation Committee is reviewing. It previously asked the committee to take immediate action on increasing teacher salaries since the shortage of teachers is the most pressing matter.

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Jarek Rutz

Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.

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