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Proposal for $5K teacher pay raise won’t help librarians, counselors, bus drivers


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A proposal to give each Texan school teacher a $5,000 pay raise won’t help librarians, bus drivers or counselors if Senate Bill 3 passes.

SB3 allocates $3.7 billion over the course of two years to be distributed to Texan school teachers, offering each one a $5,000 pay raise.

Touted as a way to retain teachers and recognize them, critics say the bill leaves out some important people in school children’s lives.

“Librarians work just like teachers,” Becky Calzada, a school library coordinator in Leander, told the Austin-American Statesman. “They are credentialed. They have a teacher certification that they maintain with an additional library certification, so if you observe what we do, you’ll quickly see we’re leading instruction and servicing all students on campus.”

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“As a former teacher, I understand how important librarians, counselors, nurses and other employees are to public education,” the bill’s author, Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound told the Statesman. “There is nothing in this bill that prevents districts from raising those salaries. SB 3 prioritizes resources to invest in classroom teachers, who are the key to ensuring that our students succeed.”

The Senate Finance Committee will consider SB3 today during a hearing at the Capitol.

Amanda Cutshall
Amanda Cutshall is the managing editor of eExtra News. She has been in the news business since graduating university four years ago, originally starting at The Paris News and eventually moving over to eExtra News to reach a larger readership...