School districts across Texas are scrambling to interpret just how much money is coming from the state as teachers continue press for pay raises promised by state Republican leaders.
Once promised $5,000 pay raises across the board, lawmakers changed the language in the $11.5 billion HB 3 to allow individual districts to decide.
Emails seeking comment from several Houston area school districts were not answered.
Fort Bend ISD issued a statement in June saying “teachers will receive $3,000 or $3,500, based on their years of teaching experience. All other non-teaching staff will receive five percent of their midpoint.”
“Teachers and other employees are just going to have to get with their districts and get that information from them and figure out how much money they're really getting, and ask them to give a reasonable amount for pay raises,” says Lonnie Hollingsworth, general counsel to the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.
“It's clear that the Legislature intended for a lot of that money, or at least a right percentage of it, to be spent on teacher salary increases, and I think the districts should go ahead and do those increases.”
Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria says pay raises so far have varied across the state.
“Some districts are giving only a one-to-two percent pay raise, and we've seen as high as eight and ten percent.”
Both say they'll be back in Austin in two years to once again lobby for teacher pay raises.