Bills We're Watching This Session

SB 1854 – Employee Pay Raise Initiative

Updated Information 

SB 1854, sponsored by Jose Javier Rodriguez, would ensure a decade of wage growth for both instructional personnel and education staff professionals by providing school districts with the necessary funds to provide “at least 4.5% annual salary increase, plus a cost of living adjustment” each year starting in 2020-2021 continuing through 2028-29.

What’s Next

SB 1854 has been referred to the Senate Education, Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, and Appropriations Committees. 

Companion Bill

There is no companion bill in the House.

Vote History


Our Position

We support this bill.

Talking Points

  • Unlike some of the other pay proposals under consideration in both chambers, SB 1854 both recognizes the need to provide a salary increase to instructional personnel (not just classroom teachers) as well as education staff professionals.
  • SB 1854 respects collective bargaining – which means it supports local control. Rather than mandating a certain amount statewide as some other proposals do, this bill both provides the significant funding increase needed and respects the need for final salary decisions to be locally negotiated between school boards and local bargaining units.

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