Recently, various states such as Texas, have raised teacher wages, particularly as concerns
grow over the growing teacher strikes and shortages (DeMatthews & III, 2019).
However, this has been usually reactive. The state legislators ought to inquire why that is.
they should be proactive in how they deal with issues affecting teachers such as poor pay
and high turnover rates.
Tenured bus drivers, managerial subordinates, and various other personnel in the district
would gain pay increments of more than six percent. A meeting was held in Govalle
Elementary Institution between school district personnel and Austin education
According to estimates, the salary and benefit increment would cost the district about fortynine million dollars more in the 2019-2020 school period (Taboada, 2019). The leader of
Education Austin praised it as the strongest and most powerful reimbursement package in
his twenty-one tenure in the district.
This pay increment was prompted when the governor, Greg Abbot, signed House Bill 3, an
eleven and half-billion-dollar school fiscal bill into law
The salary increments, in addition to the state fiscal increment, would be incorporated into
the general district budget of one and half billion dollars, which would be voted for by the
school board members.
Excluding the recapture money, the 2019-2020 school period operating disbursement would
make up about eight hundred million dollars of this money
House Bill 3 had been prompted by several teachers strikes in the neighboring states and
when more concerns were raised about a decline in the number of teachers in districts.
Correspondingly, the average remuneration for a teacher in Florida was thirty-seven
thousand, six hundred and thirty dollars, but the governor of Florida was asking for an
annual increment of nearly ten thousand dollars for stemming imminent teacher shortages
that would impact student accomplishments for many years.
Investing in teachers and learning institutions can’t only occur when there are strikes and
shortages. The prospects that vanish when teachers burn out, suffer from fiscal issues, and
gradually exit the profession have proven to be very costly for the learning institutions and
The teacher payment and school fiscal policies ought to be reflective of the great
contributions that teachers make in the community. Therefore, the signing of House Bill 3 in
Austin, Texas is indeed a big step forward, and measures should be taken to occasionally
review this law as times change.
DeMatthews, D., & III, L. D. (2019, November 13). Increase Teacher Pay and Support
Before Strikes or Shortages Happen. Retrieved from UT News:
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