Source: Des Moines Register

Instead, teacher raises would be based on a percentage of their current salary and their educational attainment, with higher percentages given to teachers with graduate credits or degrees. It would also allow districts to base raises on how much state funding is available, instead of negotiating wages before state funding is set, Shepherd said. During tough financial times, districts would have the flexibility to lower pay raises, potentially staving off program cuts or staff layoffs.