Teacher Pay

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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.