Some Teachers Seeing Raises
Some teachers are getting lucky and will see small raises while others face the possibility of job cuts. Texas Classroom Teachers Association Director Jeri Stone says a surprising number of districts are finding ways to give small raises even with a shortage of money. “For the most part these raises have not been big, they’ve been in the one to two and a half percent range, but given the fact that we’re in a difficult budget year they’ve been very gratifying making the teachers feel that they are valued.” But Stone says the flip side of that are districts that are so cash poor that they are considering workforce reductions, some already have cut jobs. Compounding the problem, the possibility of no new money coming from the state after the next legislative session because of the state’s budget crisis.