Senate Bill 2 could increase teacher pay by several thousand dollars. Unions remain wary.

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  • Source: KENS5
  • 10/12/2023
SAN ANTONIO — When the Texas Legislature came back into session at the beginning of 2023, school districts and teacher unions were eagerly awaiting a teacher pay increase. 

By a few months later, they were disappointed. The legislature had a $50 billion dollar surplus to work with, but a pay increase was never passed. 

Now teacher pay is a main objective in the legislature's third special session of the year, along with school vouchers. Senate Bill 2 will provide a pay increase if passed. 

At the same time, teacher unions worry the SB2 will inevitably be used as leverage for the Senate's voucher program proposed via Senate Bill 1. 

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