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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2017
Contact: Dave Nelson
512-463-0112
FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVES SB 19 TO INCREASE TEACHER PAY

AUSTIN – The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 19 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, providing pay and benefit increases for Texas teachers. The legislation will next come before the full Senate for consideration.

"Our teachers deserve a raise for their invaluable service to our state. There is no more important investment we can make in education," Senator Nelson, a former sixth-grade teacher, said.

SB 19 provides bonuses in the current budget cycle, increases classroom teacher salaries beginning in 2020, and bolsters the Teacher Retirement System. Specifically, it provides:

  • a $600 bonus to teachers who have served 6 to 10 years;
  • a $1,000 bonus for teachers who have served 11 or more years;
  • $1,000 per teacher to each district for pay increases beginning in the 19-20 school year; and
  • an additional $212 million to the TRS to reduce costs for TRS participants for items such as premiums, deductibles, prescription drugs, and to assist with premiums and out-of-pocket costs for disabled adult dependents of retired teachers.

"As a former teacher and a mother and sister of teachers, I understand this is a labor of love, but we can and should do a better job of retaining our teachers and attracting the best and brightest to education. There is no profession that will have a more significant impact on the success of our state," Senator Nelson said.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.

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