About 350,000 educators would be eligible for a $5,000 a year raise beginning in 2020, the Legislative Budget Board estimates.
Senate Bill 3, which would cost the state $3.9 billion, was approved unanimously today and will be taken up by the Texas Senate soon. If it succeeds, it will head to the House for debate in committee.
Authored by Fort Worth Republican Jane Nelson, the legislation would require school districts to give every full-time classroom teacher $5,000 more than what they’re making in 2018-2019.
“It will provide an immediate financial boost for teachers, assist in retaining good teachers and recruit the best and the brightest to this critical profession. I will be moving this bill to the floor and out of the Senate at the earliest possible date,” said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.