A $5,000 pay raise may be coming for Texas classroom teachers

A $5,000 pay raise may be coming for Texas classroom teachers

Posted: Updated:
LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas legislators are trying to put more money in teachers' pockets.

The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved giving every classroom teacher a $5,000 pay raise Monday.

"School finance reform starts with increasing teacher pay, and I'm willing to stand for that as long as it takes to get it done, and I think we'll get it done this session," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said.

With Senate Bill 3 set to be on the floor, Patrick said this is long overdue and that teachers can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"We're underpaying our teachers. It's that simple. If we want to attract the best and brightest young men and young women coming out of college to become teachers, starting them out at $48,000 a year, which is the average starting salary, is not enough to compete against the corporate sector," Patrick said.

Tiffany Cooper, a fourth grade teacher at Stewart Elementary, said if this bill is eventually signed into law, it would change a lot of lives. 

"The teachers here at Stewart Elementary, they're so compassionate and they're very generous. A lot of their take-home pay, they use for things in the classroom, so they buy supplies for their students, some even go to help students just with basic necessities like toothpaste and toothbrush, and they're also supporting their families at home," Cooper said.

Lt. Gov. Patrick said he anticipates the $3.9 billion proposal to easily pass the Senate before moving to the House floor for a final debate and vote.

Powered by Frankly