Pay Bump for Texas Teachers! Teacher Salary Surpasses $100,000

Texas Recognizes Our Best Teachers

Teachers play a vital role in our strengthening our communities. We are proud to share that their hard work and dedication through turbulent times are being rewarded! Texas is offering teachers more than $100,000 annually. This effort will help create educational fairness in the state’s most impoverished schools, where COVID-19 has caused learning loss. To help teachers move beyond COVID-19 and offset learning loss, the state will reward teachers for assisting their schools in building back stronger. The time to become a teacher is now. Apply today for free.

 

Teacher Incentive Allotment

The new Teacher Incentive Allotment introduced by the Texas Education Agency will distribute the recently accrued state funds to increase existing stipends leaving behind the traditional concept of “incentive pay.” Instead, the large stipends will reward teachers for their excellent work in high-poverty schools. The Teacher Incentive Allotment will payout each teacher anywhere from $3,000 to $32,000.

Equity for All

To receive the allotment, districts must submit a teacher evaluation guideline proposal to the Texas Education Agency. A single year of standardized test scores will not be a deciding factor for approval because students in wealthier schools tend to score higher. The focus will be on growth measure plans and classroom observations. An example of a growth measure can be improving standardized test scores year-over-year. By focusing on growth, the state moves away from criteria that only benefit wealthy schools. In addition to student growth, the state requires classroom observation to be included in a district’s evaluation plan. Classroom observation will help administrators see how a teacher manages, engages, and supports students. Districts can also include other criteria, like campus leadership or student feedback

As of today, at least 82 districts and charter schools have received or will receive supplemental money from the Teacher Incentive Allotment.

Receiving Funds

It is important to note that the Teacher Incentive Allotment is not a grant, yet a commitment to provide fairness across schools. When the state releases the allotment, the school district must use 90% of the money on the personnel where it was generated to ensure poorer campuses receive their money.

House Bill 3, passed in 2019, will implement a 4-step process to ensure that money flows to the high-needs schools; this process allows the stipends to be equity-focused. Teachers who possess the highest designation at their school’s ISD will receive more funds. Low-income schools will receive the most funding. If stipends from other departments, such as athletics or other school clubs, are taken into account, it is very possible that many teachers’ salaries will increase to over $100,000 a year. To better understand how the distribution of funds from the Teacher Incentive Allotment works, please review the flowchart below.

This funding will be a great help to current and future teachers. This step towards education equity will not only benefit teachers but students tremendously! The Teacher Incentive Allotment, in conjunction with the new proposed starting salary of $70,000, teaching is both a lucrative and rewarding career!  With this knowledge, it’s time to get to work. You can apply for free to Texas Teachers today to help provide all students with the teachers they deserve. The time to become a Texas teacher is now!