Some lawmakers in Illinois want to update a nearly 40 year old law and set a new pay scale for beginning teachers. Nationwide teacher pay has been news with strikes and walkouts. State Senator Andy Manar says that a law passed in 1980 setting beginning teacher pay to be a minimum of $9,000 to $11,000 needs to change.
The bill passed a Senate committee and now faces another vote in the chamber. Manar says a higher wage to start will attract more young people to the profession.