In September, Time Magazine produced a story about the struggles teachers in America face mainly due to low pay. Teachers across the nation shared stories of what it really means to be a teacher in this country. One said, “My child and I share a bed in a small apartment, I spend $1,000 on supplies and I’ve been laid off three times due to budget cuts. I’m a teacher in America.” Another said “I have a master’s degree, 16 years of experience, work two extra jobs and donate blood plasma to pay the bills. I’m a teacher in America.”

The Indiana Senate Democrats understand that these stories aren’t unique to the rest of the country. We realize that teachers right here in Indiana are also struggling to get by. And our teachers deserve better.

We’re asking for your stories to share, so the General Assembly will know how our teachers’ and, ultimately, our children’s lives are affected by low salaries.

Are you a teacher in Indiana? Do you struggle to provide for your family, to put food on the table, to put a roof over your head? Do you have a second job in order to do so?

Let us know.

Email your story to with a photo of you, preferably in your classroom or school, and allow us to tell the story of teachers in Indiana.

We thank you for everything you do to prepare our students for the next stage of their lives. We intend to use these stories to help convince our colleagues in the General Assembly to support our proposal to raise teacher salaries in the State of Indiana.