teachers Murphysboro Teachers Officially Have a New Contract By Brad Palmer • 17 hours ago File Teachers in the Murphysboro School District have a new contract. The Board of Education Tuesday night ratified the new deal. The teachers did the same last week. Sen. Manar Looks for Override Votes of Teacher Salary Veto By Illinois Public Radio • Aug 29, 2018 Late last week, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure that would’ve given Illinois school teachers a base salary of 40-thousand-dollars by the year 20-22. But, State Senator Andy Manar, who sponsored the legislation, says he’s hoping to save it. Gov. Rauner Vetoes Bills to Raise Teacher's Minimum Wage By Illinois Public Radio • Aug 27, 2018 Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill this weekend that would have raised the minimum salary for Illinois public school teachers to $40,000 by 2022. In his veto message, Rauner says legislation isn’t the best way to raise teacher pay. National Education Report Doesn't Paint Illinois in Good Light By Illinois Public Radio • Aug 23, 2018 A national study comparing general school funding dollars with the amount spent on staff benefits singled out Illinois, and not in a good way. The study tracked spending on K-12 education for the years 2005 through 2014. And nationwide, spending increased slightly… But spending on benefits for school staff? That increased much more. IEA Says Illinois Bills Won't Solve Teacher Shortage By Illinois Public Radio • Aug 15, 2018 Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law several bills last week -- that proponents claim will reduce the state’s teacher shortage. The state’s largest teachers union - the Illinois Education Association - says the legislation doesn’t do enough to solve the problem. Illinois Bill Aims to Increase the Starting Salary for Teachers By Illinois Information Service • Apr 13, 2018 New teachers would be guaranteed a starting salary of at least 40 thousand dollars under legislation pending in the Illinois Senate. Senator Andy Manar is sponsoring the bill and says some teachers are living in poverty and that it's time they get paid what they deserve. Minority Teacher Scholarships Available Now By Illinois Public Radio • Feb 12, 2018 Scholarships are available for minority students interested in pursuing a career in teaching, according to the Illinois Students Assistance Commission. Teacher Shortage and Pensions Lead to Uncertainty for Illinois By Illinois Public Radio • Nov 20, 2017 When the Illinois General Assembly approved a budget last summer . . . they also agreed to cut back on the state's contribution to the pension systems. But, this move might have unintended consequences. Union Co. Educator Finalist For ISBE Teacher of the Year By Brad Palmer • Aug 22, 2017 A Union County teacher is one of ten finalists for the Illinois State Board of Education's 2018 Teacher of the Year award.