FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 15, 2019
Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343
Statement on preliminary Texas House and Senate budget proposals for public education
Texas American Federation of Teachers President Louis Malfaro commented today on initial proposals for public education funding—an additional $7.4 billion to the Permanent School Fund from the Texas House, and a proposed $5,000 salary increase for teachers from the Texas Senate:
While the House budget document is far from perfect, it does signal that the state is emerging from a decade of neglect of public schools, educators and employees.
The Senate pay-raise proposal for full-time teachers is a positive first step, but we haven’t heard more on supporting the rest of the public education team or addressing the significant needs for public education funding overall.
A confluence of newfound political will, additional revenue, newly-elected legislators and the hangover from the last session’s rancorous brawling has set the table for doing something good for every child in this state and the educators that teach them. The first draft of the budget represents an opportunity for those of us who have worked hard to elect pro-public education leaders in both parties and build the broad coalitions we need to get Texas moving forward when it comes to investing in kids and educators.
Texas American Federation of Teachers represents teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.6-million-member American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.