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The Politics behind the Call for a Teacher Pay Raise

Readers of this blog know that the state has, over a decade, shifted a portion of the cost of public education to local taxpayers. Property taxes continue to rise as a result, with local taxpayers now picking up 52 percent of the cost of public education. The state, meanwhile, pays 38 percent, with the federal government picking up the remainder.

That trend continued in the 85th Legislative Session, with state legislators approving a two-year budget that spends less money per pupil than the last. On top of that, legislators may consider a $1,000 pay raise for teachers in the upcoming special session. Don’t expect the state to pick up the pay increase cost. If one is approved, local taxpayers will fund that cost, too.

Ross Ramsey summed up the message this sends to school board members and the public. “The state government is cutting its share of the cost of running your schools, ordering you to raise teacher pay and hollering at you for raising taxes. Thank you for your service!”

Read “Analysis: The Political Play behind Gov. Abbott’s Call for $1,000 Teacher Pay Raises” in the Texas Tribune.

July 5, 2017