Starting teachers in Maine could get a bump in salary if a bill passes in Augusta.

The bill states a public school teacher’s starting salary would come up to $40,000 a year under the condition they graduate from college with a 3.0 grade point average.

Lawmakers for the bill say the legislation is to attract younger teachers.

The Maine Education Association teacher's union says, according to the Maine Education Data Management System nearly 30% of teachers older than 55, and over 40% of teachers are over 50.