Texas Teachers New Minimum Salary Starts
It’s true! A new bill introduced in the Texas legislature aims to raise the minimum salary for all Texas teachers. Texas bill would raise minimum teacher salary to $70,000 for all Texas teachers.
The bill, if made into law, would set a new standard for Texas and hopefully other states. This change would increase the average teacher salary base by $13,000 reported by the Texas Education Agency for the 2019-2020 school year. This new Texas teacher salary would be about $8,000 more of the national average based on National Center for Education Statistics for teachers in the 2018 – 2019 school year.
Rep. Talarico layout reasoning for the bill in a series of social media posts:
“When I was a public school teacher, I struggled to make ends meet. My coworkers drove Ubers at night and sold their blood plasma for extra money. Today I filed a bill mandating a minimum salary of $70,000 for every teacher in Texas.”
“Our teachers have endured a global pandemic, an economic collapse, and a deadly winter storm. They held our communities together through these historic crises. Teachers had our backs. Now we must have theirs.”
Rep. Talarico stated that he chose $70,000 because “Research indicates a $70,000 – $75,000 salary is the baseline income needed for emotional well-being.”
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