Two gubernatorial hopefuls are calling on state leaders to provide better pay for Texas teachers.
Independent Carole Keeton Strayhorn says teachers should get a four-thousand dollar raise in next month's special session on school funding.
Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Chris Bell called on Governor Rick Perry to give all Texas teachers a six-thousand dollar pay hike.
The state has a four-point-three (B) billion-dollar surplus, and some of that money could go to education.
A Perry spokesman criticized Strayhorn and Bell for offering what he calls "promises but no plan."
Lawmakers are scheduled to return to the Capitol next month for a 30-day special session to tackle a court-mandated overhaul of the state's method of paying for public education.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.