'You don't get into teaching for the money' One teachers thoughts on a bill to increase teacher salary

A new bill could potentially give teachers in the state of Illinois more money in their wallets. That bill would bump the state's set code for minimum wage from $10,000 to $40,000. News 10 spoke to a local teacher who shares why she has mixed emotions about the potential change.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 6:29 PM
Updated: Mar 7, 2019 6:29 PM

MARTINSVILLE, Ill. (WTHI)- Teachers in Illinois could be seeing more money in their wallets, that's after a potential bill that would increase teacher salary.

The bill passed out of committee on Wednesday which would now move the idea closer to reality.

News 10 sat down with a teacher of the Illinois area who shares her mixed emotions for this potential change.

Kristen Morrison has been an educator for 20 years and her interest in writing pushed her to become an English teacher.

She says money has never been her focus.

"No one goes into teaching for the money because it's just not there. You go into teaching because you love the subject matter, you go into teaching because you love the kids and you wanna make a difference in the lives of these students," said Morrison.

This new bill would make a big change for educators, including Mrs. Morrison.

She tells us her biggest concerns are the smaller districts.

"We are the basis for every other career out there but I also have to wonder...what it's going to do to some of the smaller school districts..are they even going to be able to stay open?" Morrison asked as she seemed concerned.

She says if the money is being funded to teachers...then the money needed for supplies and other things will have to come from somewhere else.

"If these districts are left on their own to come up with the money then something has to get cut somewhere," Morrison told us.

A salary increase or not...Morrison says the kids are what fuels her passion to educate.

"The most important thing we can do is make these kids feel like they can do it," Morrison exclaimed.

The increase would happen over a five-year period to give districts like Martinsville, time to prepare for the change.

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