Topeka Public Schools teachers ratify deal for coming year, includes raises

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka Public Schools’ teachers are in line for a raise after officially signing off on the deal they reached with the Board of Education last month.

USD 501 announced the agreement Friday night, noting that it includes the 14th consecutive annual salary bump for certified staff members. Health insurance premiums will remain steady as well, the ninth straight time that’s happened, the district noted.

The increases going into the 2019-20 school year come on the heels of the largest hike in 27 years for the district last year. The starting salary for a new teacher going into this year is now $43,500, which USD 501 says is the highest in Shawnee Co.

Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson said with the new deal Topeka Public Schools remains a regional leader for teacher compensation and called it “an investment in all of our students and in our community.”

Certified staff members will end up seeing a $2,000 increase in their base pay this coming year as well as another $500 step increase.

A tentative agreement was reached on August 14, but it was not ratified until this Tuesday.