Gov. Wolf pushing to increase minimum salary for PA teachers

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FILE – In this Oct. 7, 2015, file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, center, accompanied by state House Minority Leader Rep. Frank Dermody, right, D-Allegheny, and state Rep. Joe Markosek, left, D-Allegheny, discuss state budget negotiations at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature said Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, that […]

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf isn’t just pushing to raise the minimum wage, he also wants to increase the minimum salary for teachers.

In his budget address Tuesday, the governor said all public school teachers should make at least $45,000 a year. He wants the state to pay for it. 

Wolf’s administration estimates about 3,200 Pennsylvania teachers are currently below that line.

Local districts negotiate pay with their teachers, so the details have to be ironed out, but supporters say it sends the right message. 

“It shows how important educators are, and we have to get the best people in our classrooms. In order to do that, we have to pay them a living wage,” Executive Deputy Secretary of Education David Volkman said.

A teacher minimum wage would need to be supported by the Republican-controlled Legislature. 

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