(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A bill to limit collective bargaining for teachers unions became law Wednesday as it received Gov. Mitch Daniel’s signature.
The Indiana Senate voted 30-19 in favor of Senate Enrolled Act 575 Tuesday. A slightly revised version of the bill passed the House last Friday and needed further approval from the Senate.
Teachers unions will be limited from negotiating anything but their wages and wage-related benefits under the soon-to-be law, replacing the current law which has been in place since 1973.
Contracts would not be allowed to include limits on class sizes or guarantees about working conditions for teachers.
Limits would also be placed on the length of union agreements not allowing them to extend past the term of the two-year state budget.
Criteria for teacher evaluation would also be removed from bargaining.
The bill has been one of the first reform ideas sought by Mitch Daniels to pass.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett has also been pleased with the legislature’s passing of SEA 575.
“Great teaching requires a skill set that cannot be easily duplicated or quickly replaced. Yet our current system treats teachers like identical pawns by failing to consider their work or effectiveness,” Bennett said.
“Educators are public servants of the highest order, and it’s time we treat them like the talented professionals they are. SB 575 plays a significant role in helping us achieve that goal, and I commend the House members who voted today to advance this critical legislation.”