The Texas Classroom Teachers Association joined other public education supporters at the Capitol on April 4 to call on lawmakers to use the state's historic budget surplus to increase funding for public schools, including across-the-board salary increases for teachers and other instructional personnel.
F. Hollingsworth Jr., TCTA's general counsel, presented the following statement
on behalf of TCTA at the press conference (watch the replay here):
teaching profession is in crisis. To ensure the best education for our
children, we need to attract more bright students into teaching and keep our
veteran teachers in the classroom. But to do so, they need to be assured that
they can afford to work in public schools and that their schools have the
resources necessary for them to do their jobs. This will require more funding
for schools, and higher teacher salaries.
lack of adequate staffing in schools is increasing teacher workloads and adding
to other pressures such as discipline problems. Our schools need more mental
health professionals, more aides, more tutors and substitutes to help relieve
have a chance to effect real change for public schools this session. The Texas
Legislature can boost funding to school districts in an equitable fashion and
raise teacher salaries, while also providing property tax relief. This has been
done successfully in past sessions, even when we didn’t have a budget surplus
of this magnitude, and we call on the Legislature to do so again.
It is time to reinforce the state’s commitment to students and their teachers. By increasing the basic allotment and passing legislation providing across-the-board salary increases, our elected leaders can keep our public school system on a path of excellence.