Texas teachers’ pay has been raised in the wake of the Texas teacher’s death.
According to a statement released by the Texas Education Agency on Thursday, teacher salaries were increased by $1,847 to $56,622 for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.
The increase was approved by the board in December 2016.
In a statement, Texas Education Commissioner Jimmie Davis praised the raise.
“Texas’ teachers have done an outstanding job and deserve a fair compensation package, but they also deserve to know that their salary will be commensurate with the commitment they have made to students and to the profession,” he said.
“We are very pleased to see the governor recognize this and will work with legislators to ensure that teacher pay is commensurately increased for teachers across the state.”
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A spokesman for the Texas Legislature said that it has not approved the increase, but that the legislature will consider raising teacher salaries when it meets in the next few weeks.
The state has been hit by a spate of teacher retirements in recent months as the cost of administering teacher evaluations has skyrocketed.
According to the Texas Tribune, the state has paid out $1.3 billion in teacher compensation in the last three years.
The Texas Education Department said it has increased teacher pay across the board to help the state cope with the rising costs.
“Teachers are being asked to perform a job that requires them to be present 24/7 in a classroom, while still being prepared to teach in the event of an emergency,” the agency said in a statement.
“The additional funds will help ensure that every teacher is compensated for their time.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.