An informal survey of more than 500 Indy Politics readers shows a split on the issue of teacher pay and whether there should be a mandate that new money go towards increasing educators’ salaries.

Out of the more than 525 respondents, 36 percent said lawmakers should mandate that any new money schools receive go for teacher pay.  Meanwhile, 26 percent there should be no mandate while 29 percent thought there should be a mandate that some of the new dollars be used for teacher salaries.

The Indiana House has passed legislation that lawmakers hope will increase teacher salaries, but they have not made it mandatory.

The informal poll also showed the following…

  • Forty-six percent thought Indiana was on the right track, while only 36 percent thought the nation was on the right track.
  • Forty-five percent gave Donald Trump a grade of “B” or better for his Presidency, while 41 percent gave him a grade of “D” or worse.
  • Nearly 44 percent gave Governor Eric Holcomb a grade of “B” or better, while 27 percent gave him a grade of “D” or worse.
  • Out of the respondents who lived in Indianapolis, only 15percent thought the job Mayor Joe Hogsett was “good” or better, 27  percent said “fair” and 59 percent thought he was doing a poor job.  And 52 percent said infrastructure was the most important issue facing the city.

You can view all of our results here.

The survey was made possible, in part, with support from our partners at Indianapolis Public Schools, the Institute for Quality Education and Hirons Crisis Communications.