An ACT to amend New Jersey Statute NJ Rev Stat § 18A:29-5 - $18,500 Minimum Salary to implement a legal minimum teacher’s salary for teachers holding a standard New Jersey teaching license.

  • Posted on: 15 March 2019
  • By: Ryan Tretsky
Bill Number: 
LFCI1
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
An ACT to amend New Jersey Statute NJ Rev Stat § 18A:29-5 - $18,500 Minimum Salary to implement a legal minimum teacher’s salary for teachers holding a standard New Jersey teaching license.
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that a minimum full-time teacher starting salary for all public and private school settings is made to be 50,000 dollars per school year.
Sections: 
Section I: New Jersey Statute NJ Rev Stat § 18A:29-5 - $18,500 Minimum Salary shall be revised to state the following: $50,000 MINIMUM SALARY. THE MINIMUM SALARY OF A FULL-TIME TEACHING STAFF MEMBER IN ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT OR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES COMMISSION WHO IS CERTIFIED BY THE LOCAL BOARD OF EDUCATION OR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES COMMISSION AS PERFORMING HIS DUTIES IN AN ACCEPTABLE MANNER FOR THE PREVIOUS ACADEMIC YEAR PURSUANT TO N.J.A. C. 6:3-1.19 AND 6:3-1.21 AND WHO IS NOT EMPLOYED AS A SUBSTITUTE ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS SHALL BE $50,000.00 FOR AN ACADEMIC YEAR AND A PROPORTIONATE AMOUNT FOR LESS THAN AN ACADEMIC YEAR.
Section II: A government program is initiated through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce to ensure all public and private schools are paying all full-time teachers at least 50,000 dollars per year to start their contract if they have a New Jersey Standard Teacher’s Certification.
Section III: Any public or private school that does not comply will be fined 100,000 dollars per year per full-time teacher who is not at the minimum starting salary. The fine will continue each year until the full-time teachers are paid according to this law.
Section IV: This bill shall be revisited every four years to revise the salaries of educators to be on par with the increase of inflation in the future.
Section V: Private or Alternative Schools shall be given state aid, based on how many teachers they have working in their school or schools to help them meet the needs of the new minimum wage for educators.
Effective Date: 
For Tax Purposes, this bill shall take effect at the start of the 2020 fiscal school year.
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of this bill is to pay teachers fairly for the job that they do to help the future generations of New Jersey citizens. Teachers help shape and lay the foundation for the next generation to unlock their potential in what they can do to help further progress humanity. Without educators, there is no education. Without education, we are no more than animals. This will also hopefully encourage more citizens to go into the field of education in New Jersey as they are guaranteed to have a livable salary. As inflation has increased, teacher’s salaries have decreased or remained similar in most districts throughout New Jersey. Therefore, it is only logical to take the necessary steps to incentivize the educational field of work.
Author's Note: 
The cost for all full-time standard certificate teachers in New Jersey will be around 5.8 billion dollars for the New Jersey Government.
Lobbyist Consideration: 
Yes
Fund Summary: 
Funds necessary for the implementation of this law will come from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce. The implementation of this law will fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor and Workforce.
Speedpass Consideration: 
Yes
Secondary Sponsor: