Raise for Teachers Gets TX Senate OK

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas public school teachers would get an $800 pay raise under a bill approved by the Texas Senate.

The raises are built into a bill that tweaks the state's school funding program. It also would send about $2 billion to school districts over the next two years.

The bill approved Tuesday night must go back to the House for final approval. A similar House bill includes the pay raises.

Many school officials have been complaining that state funding has stagnated since a 2006 school finance overhaul and rising fuel costs, inflation and enrollment growth are straining their budgets.

The overhaul was designed to shift the school tax burden away from local property taxpayers, replacing a portion with revenue from a revised business tax and higher cigarette taxes among other things.

The bill is HB3646

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