AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Thursday that the state is going to spend $1.6 billion on raises for teachers.
“In the inauguration, I made some pretty bold promises to the people of Texas,” said Abbott, sworn into his second term in January. “I said we must reward teachers in school districts that achieve results, we’ve done that. I said we must prioritize spending in the classroom, we’ve done that.”
The $1.6 billion allocation makes Texas the latest state to set aside more funds for public education in the wake of widespread teacher strikes that began in 2017.
Salaries for public school teachers in Texas are about $7,000 below the national average, according to National Education Association data.
Librarians and support staff also would see an increase.
The proposal also includes a merit program to pay exceptional teachers even more where “they could make a six-figure living and not have to go into being a principal or administration.
— The Hill (@thehill) 24 maj 2019