Legislators in Illinois saw the shortage of teachers in Illinois and felt a salary increase would fix the problem. The answer was a straight across the state mandated minimum salary for teachers of $40,000 a year.
School Districts, such as Dixon, will not feel the impact of this increase for a few years as the salary requirement will be going up over the next couple of years till it reaches $40,000. Superintendent Margo Empen said Dixon is in compliance.
Empen said the way the district will deal with the salary changes will be at the negotiation table with the union during contract negotiations.
She said salary is just one of the causes for the teacher shortage in Illinois. She went on to mention all of the bureaucracy and red tape a teacher needs to complete before they can teach in Illinois.
Empen did say for some of the smaller districts this salary requirement will be a burden, which may mean they will have to do with fewer teachers.