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Teacher pay raise proposals don’t pass in Houston-area districts

Providing lecturers with raises and beefing up faculty safety have been proposals on the poll for a number of Houston-area faculty districts.

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas — Giving lecturers raises and stepping up faculty safety have been proposals on the poll for a number of space faculty districts.

In Katy ISD and Fort Bend ISD, these proposals failed. However, in Lamar Consolidated ISD a number of the proposals handed.

“It was tough to promote,” Fort Bend American Federation of Teachers President Glenda Guzman Macal mentioned.

After 12 years in the classroom, she leads the lecturers’ union. While she supported the voter-approved tax rate election to raise the beginning pay for lecturers and fund law enforcement officials at each campus, she heard from lecturers who have been for it but additionally some who have been hesitant.

“I think people were tired of just having one more thing taxed, frankly. Inflation has taken a toll on everyone,” Guzman Macal said. “Teachers who live in the district and their tax bill was going to increase, it nets about $200 a year and it just wasn’t enough for them.”

The district had already minimize $23 million. Now, the superintendent mentioned it can minimize a further $47 million.

“That’s somewhat difficult. It could have a sting, it really may, however we’ll roll up our sleeves, we’ll work collectively,” FBISD Superintendent Dr. Christie Whitbeck mentioned.

In Katy ISD, the tax rate election was comparable. It was designed to fund instructor raises and college security. In a letter, the superintendent acknowledged they knew it was, “a big ask for our community, particularly during these times of uncertainty as we continue to climb out of a global pandemic and recession.”

Back in Guzman Macal’s office, she will get calls from lecturers each day. Her largest concern with the proposals failing is morale.

“We have seasoned lecturers who love what they do who’re simply carried out. They are carried out and that is going to push them proper over the sting,” she mentioned.

There was one district that had some success. Lamar Consolidated ISD had 5 proposals on the poll. Three of them handed — to fund safety, technology upgrades and a career heart.

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