As teachers go on strike around the nation in states including Oklahoma, Kentucky and West Virginia, Indiana teachers’ unions are keeping an eye on what these political initiatives might mean for them. While there are no plans for a strike in Indiana at this time, there have been recent reports spinning the salary of Indiana K-12 educators in different ways. A report from NPR said that Indiana teachers are better off than most, as the average pay is more than $50,000 and the cost of living in Indiana is relatively low. However, in a story on CBS news (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-9-states-where-teachers-have-it-worst/), the numbers were interpreted a different way: if one adjusts Indiana teacher pay for inflation, Indiana teachers currently earn an average of nearly 16% less than they did in 2000. As Indiana currently has a teacher shortage that is growing, this issue of low pay becomes even more pressing. So while Indiana is not one of the five states with the lowest teacher pay (those are Colorado, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Mississippi and South Dakota), there are still serious pay issues that may, in part, be keeping new teachers out of the profession.