Comptroller Says Texas Teachers Need a Raise

by Ramonica R. Jones

Plans are in place for Texas public school teachers to get a pay raise.

State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn is among those pushing for the pay hike. Strayhorn's plan calls for an immediate $3,000 pay increase for teachers and automatic raises every two years.

Strayhorn plans to announce her revenue estimate before the legislative session starts January 11th. Some lawmakers are calling $3,000 a significant increase, but not unreasonable. East Texas school leaders say their teachers deserve a raise, but they'll definitely need the state's help to make that happen.

Lufkin school board president, Stanley New, says, "I think it's going to have to be part of the overall restructuring of school finance that the state legislature is going to have to take up this next year. They're going to have to make that part of their program."

Texas now ranks 33rd in the country in teacher pay.