Texas House Democrats call for $14.5B boost for education

February 21, 2019

AUSTIN — House Democrats say they’re on board with Republicans wanting to spend $3.7 billion to give teachers a pay raise, but are pushing to spread the raises to school support staff, too.

The proposal from the House Democratic Caucus is third and latest plan in the Texas Legislature this year to put more money into teacher’s pockets amid a growing acknowledgment of high demands on those in the profession and lagging teacher pay compared to other states.

The Senate is proposing $5,000 across-the-board pay raise to all educators, while House Republicans favor using merit raises to dictate who should get the raises. Democrats have several proposals to pay educators more, and stressed that others who work in schools should also see a pay bump.

The Democrats’ pay raise proposal is part of a larger $14.5 billion education plan the caucus revealed Thursday, which included funding full-day prekindergarten and increasing spending to teach low-income students, children who speak little or no English, and those needing special education services. Members say they will propose a mix of legislation to accomplish this plan or elements of it.

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