We’ve been talking a great deal about SB5 lately and how this union-busting bill impacts Ohio’s middle class workers. But there’s another group of hard-working, dedicated and very deserving Ohioans who is also going to be hurt by Senate Bill 5: Veterans.

Under existing law, veterans who become teachers in Ohio are able to apply up to five years of active military service toward their “years of service” as a teacher, which means their service to our country would be taken into account when calculating their minimum salary.

It may not seem like much, but this could mean the difference between:

$20,000 a year : the current minimum salary for a teacher with a Bachelor’s degree who has 0 years of experience and…

$23,800 a year: the current minimum salary for a teacher with Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience.

Like I said, it may not seem like much of a difference – but if you compare it to the Basic Pay for Enlisted Members you’ll find that it’s still a drop from the $26,398 that an enlisted member of the military would get for the same number of years of experience.

And since SB5 completely does away with any kind of minimum salary requirements based on years of experience, if you want to go from defending our country to teaching our children, you might have to start right back at the bottom again.

By the way, in case you were wondering, the US military does have a pay scale based on years of experience. The same type of pay scale Ohio’s teachers currently have – and will lose under SB5.

Here’s the existing law that would be removed:

Sec. 3317.13. (A) As used in this section and section 3317.14 of the Revised Code:

(d) All years of active military service in the armed forces of the United States, as defined in section 3307.75 of the Revised Code, to a maximum of five years. For purposes of this calculation, a partial year of active military service of eight continuous months or more in the armed forces shall be counted as a full year.

So, just to be clear, Ohio’s Republican state Senators just sent a bill over to the House that screws Ohio’s veterans who want to be teachers out of a well-deserved 20% salary increase based on their military service.

Remind me again why SB5 is a good idea?

  • Natasha

    Thank you for pointing out how badly Ohio Republicans treat our veterans by removing one of the few benefits Ohio veterans had (and earned) by serving in our armed forces. It is particularly disheartening to see Senator Frank LaRose abandon his brothers-in-arms, forsaking their interests, for his own political gain.

    Apparently, he’s just another “gottmeiner” who would soil his distinguished military record by political disloyalty to veterans just to feather his own political nest. Now that he has gotten his; the troops no longer matter. It would be informative to see the DD-214’s of all of our legislators and elected officials especially those who screw the troops like the Ohio GOP senators did in SB-5.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks noting that part about veterans who are hired as teachers. In the past, that has helped get vets into schools. The list of people that have been disrespected by the Ohio Republicans and their SB 5 is getting longer: teachers, firefighters, police officers, state workers, veterans, etc.

  • kurt

    Is it true that the total amount of money Ohio will save by reigning in the teachers unions will be almost three times as much as Kasich lost for the State Teacher’s Retirement Fund when he used his political connections to get a large sum of pension money invested in his firm Lehman Brothers? Apparently he earned a bonus of $400,000 dollars personally, while the state invested and lost 400 MILLION dollars in Lehman Brothers. The 1.3 Billion in savings is over three times how much Kasich lost, and will cover it with money to spare.

  • I’m not finished read this yet, but it’s so fabulous ‘n I’ll back again when I was finished my job 😀

  • I’m not finished read this yet, but it’s so fabulous ‘n I’ll back again when I was finished my job 😀

  • remesnick

    I believe that the STRS chose not to invest with him.  He lost the money from another group in Ohio who invested with him.  There was an article in the Columbus Dispatch a few years ago and quoted the broker from STRS who met with him. Do a google search and you will find it.

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