Rise & Shine: Lawmaker pitches teacher pay plan

Good morning,

Political consensus is rare, but there seems to be agreement among Republicans and Democrats that Indiana teachers should be paid more. How to pay for teacher raises — and how fast to move — is more divisive.

While a state commission is preparing recommendations that are not expected until next year, an Indianapolis Democrat has come forward with a plan to push starting salaries toward a minimum of $40,000.

But with a Republican supermajority in the statehouse, the proposal may be chiefly aimed at bringing attention to the issue. Read on for the details from Emma Kate.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

PAY: An Indiana lawmaker is pressing forward on teacher pay — even though a state commission’s recommendations on the issue aren’t expected for nearly another year. Chalkbeat

Plus, Carmel teachers are getting a 4% salary increase this school year and 2% raise next year, the largest increase in more than a decade. FOX59

TEACHING AND LEARNING: Educators at a South Bend school are training six therapy dogs, who offer students and staff comfort and social interaction. South Bend Tribune

READING GAINS: The Vigo County school district had a 91% passing rate on the third-grade reading exam, the highest pass rate in the school system’s history. Tribune Star