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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 in the news with strikes and walkouts and the Alton Education Association has threatened a strike if updated pay rates are not met by the district.
Democrat State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill says that a law passed in 1980 setting beginning teacher pay to be a minimum of $9,000 to $11,000 needs to change.
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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. Alton teachers and the district have a negotiation session planned again for this evening.