State Senate passes Nelson’s bill to give teachers pay raise

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State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, speaks at the Focus on Education Day event at Argyle Middle School.

On Monday, the Texas Senate unanimously approved SB 3 by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, providing a permanent $5,000 annual salary increase for every classroom teacher in the state.

The bill will now go to the Texas House of Representatives for further consideration, according to a news release from Nelson’s office.

“It has been a decade since teachers received a small raise from the state,” Nelson said. “It’s been two decades since they received a meaningful raise. It’s time to give our teachers — all of our teachers — a raise.”

Specifically, SB 3:

  • Establishes a new Classroom Teacher Salary Allotment
  • Directs that each classroom teacher and librarian is entitled to a $5000 salary increase above their 2018-19 school year salary
  • Specifies that raise is paid for by the state
  • Clarifies that this bill does not preclude districts from offering merit raises
  • Ensures that districts may not use these dollars to supplant current salaries.

SB 1, the Senate’s base budget, includes $3.7 billion for SB 3. Teacher pay was designated as an emergency item by Governor Abbott in his State of the State Address.

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