Texas Trustees Want Flexibility to Cut Teacher Pay

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Some state senators say Texas school districts should be allowed to cut pay for teachers or have furloughs to help avoid firing teachers to save money.

School districts are facing massive budget cuts as Texas lawmakers wrangle with a budget shortfall estimated to be at least $15 billion, with warnings that it could lead to teachers losing their jobs.

Sen. Florence Shapiro of Plano, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, said she thinks teachers would be open to a pay cut if it saved their job.

Karen Ellis of the Richardson school board and vice president of the Texas Association of School Boards, in testimony Tuesday, said her district is facing a $54 million cut. Ellis says teachers are being warned job cuts could be coming.

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