On Thursday, November 13th, the House Education Committee accepted an amendment to House Bill 343 that would eliminate minimum teacher salaries in Ohio law, as well as the school employee and teacher single salary schedule (requires equal base pay for individuals with same experience and training). The amendment was accepted on a party line vote (all Democrats voting “No”).
The same amendment language was previously passed by the House in the last state budget bill (HB 59), but was removed by the Senate. The House is now giving it a second try. House Bill 343 is expected to be passed by the House and sent to the Senate before the end of the year. Ohio’s educators need to stop this harmful provision again. We need your help to do the following:
- Urge legislators to keep the single salary schedule requirement for public school employees and teachers, which prevents unfair and arbitrary differences in pay.
- In addition, urge legislators to keep the state minimum salary schedule for teachers, which will help to ensure the competitive salaries that recruit and retain high quality educators.