SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Legislation supported by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, which aims to tackle the teacher shortage and affirm Illinois’ commitment to education by establishing a teacher minimum salary has been signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker and will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
“This piece of legislation is a huge victory for all of the hardworking teachers of the state,” Mussman said. “Teaching is one of the most important professions in our society, and historically is one of the most underpaid. This new law is a fantastic step in the right direction for our teachers.”
House Bill 2078 phases in the minimum teacher salary to $40,000 over a period of four years starting with the 2020-2021 school year. Before this law was signed, the state-required minimum salary for teachers was just $10,000 per year for an incoming teacher with a bachelor’s degree.
“I’m proud of my aye vote on this legislation because I support teachers,” Mussman said. “I am committed to our state educators, and fighting for their right to a fair salary. I will continue to vote for common sense legislation like this, and look forward to the oncoming legislative session of 2020.”
For more information, or to share ideas for the upcoming legislative session, please contact Mussman’s full-time constituent services office at (847) 923-9104.