AUSTIN – Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed SB 3 providing a $5,000 annual salary increase for every classroom teacher in Texas.

"The most important investment we can make in education is in our teachers. They are the key factor in preparing our students for success," Senator Nelson, a former teacher, said. "Teaching has always been a labor of love, but we need to elevate the profession, recruit the best and brightest to the classrooms and compensate our teachers for the critical role they play in shaping the future of Texas."

SB 3:

  • Provides a permanent $5,000 annual salary increase to approximately 350,000 classroom teachers;
  • Directs that the pay increase is paid for by the state with funding flowing through a new Classroom Teacher Salary Allotment;
  • Stipulates that the additional state funding must pass through districts for the sole purpose of raising each classroom teacher's pay by $5,000 over their salary for the 2018-19 school year; and
  • Has an estimated cost of $3.7 billion in the FY 20-21 budget.

Senator Jane Nelson represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.

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