Holcomb names no current teachers to commission studying teacher pay

A seven-member commission picked by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to recommend ways to boost teacher pay doesn't include any current teachers or school leaders.

Holcomb's office announced his appointments Tuesday for the panel, which will be led by former Mayflower Group Chairman and President Michael Smith. The remaining members are three other business executives, an Ivy Tech Community College vice president, a philanthropic foundation leader and a not-for-profit group executive.

Other members on the commission:

– Jena Bellezza, COO of Indiana Parenting Institute;

– Tom Easterday, former senior executive vice president and chief legal officer for Subaru of Indiana Automotive;

– Marianne Glick, chair of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation;

– Bob Jones, chairman and CEO of Old National Bancorp;

– Katie Jenner, vice president of K-12 initiatives and statewide partnerships at Ivy Tech;

– Nancy Jordan, senior vice president of Lincoln Financial Group.

Holcomb said teacher pay increases were a top issue for the new state budget before proposing roughly a 3 percent increase in school funding for each of the next two years

A separate six-person advisory council on the issue named by Holcomb does include one active teacher, the Indiana State Teachers Association's executive director and two school district administrators.

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