By: Shapleigh S.B. No. 17
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to additional funding to school districts for teacher
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the Texas
Teacher Pay Raise for Excellence Act.
SECTION 2. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS. (a) The legislature
finds that in 1999, researchers with the Texas Education Excellence
Project (TEEP) at Texas A&M University conducted a study, using a
multiple regression analysis, and found a strong relationship
between higher salaries for public school teachers and improved
student performance on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills
(TAAS). The results showed this relationship was especially true
in connection with students from low-income backgrounds. The
researchers predicted that a one-time $1,000 increase in average
annual teacher salaries would produce significant results on
average TAAS scores over a five-year period.
(b) The legislature also finds that if annual teacher
salaries were increased more than $1,000, there would likely be an
even larger impact on standardized test performance than that found
by the research described by Subsection (a) of this section. The
average salaries of Texas teachers, however, still rank below the
national averages, especially when employee benefits are included.
In 2001, Texas' average teacher salary was approximately $5,000
less than the national average. Comparing average teacher salaries
to earnings in the private sector places Texas near the bottom at
49th in the nation for 2001-2002. Many Texas school districts face
competition with the private sector in their efforts to attract
educated and talented people to the teaching profession.
(c) The legislature also finds that in order to attract and
retain high-quality teachers, Texas must establish a competitive
salary scale for public school teachers. The purpose of this Act is
to raise teacher salaries in order to attract better-qualified
teachers to help our children succeed academically.
SECTION 3. TEACHER SALARY SUPPLEMENT. Subchapter I,
Chapter 21, Education Code, is amended by adding Section 21.4031 to
read as follows:
Sec. 21.4031. SALARY SUPPLEMENT. (a) From funds
appropriated for the purpose, each school district is entitled to
an annual allotment equal to $1,000 for each full-time equivalent
(b) Each full-time classroom teacher is entitled to a salary
supplement from the allotment in the amount of $800. A part-time
classroom teacher is entitled to a salary supplement proportionate
to the percentage of full time worked by the teacher, as determined
by the district in accordance with the rules of the commissioner.
(c) The balance of the district's annual allotment may be
used by the district to pay:
(1) an additional salary supplement for all classroom
(2) an additional salary supplement for only those
teachers who teach in the areas of math, science, reading, or
bilingual education and in which the district has identified a
critical shortage of qualified teachers.
(d) A salary supplement is not considered in determining
whether the district is paying a teacher the minimum monthly salary
under Section 21.402.
(e) The commissioner may adopt rules as necessary to
implement this section.
SECTION 4. APPLICABILITY. This Act applies beginning with
the 2004-2005 school year.
SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act takes effect
immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members
elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas
Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for
immediate effect, this Act takes effect on the 91st day after the
last day of the legislative session.