Education

Texas House Legislators Abandon Statewide Merit Pay Effort for Teachers

By Daarel Burnette II — March 20, 2019 1 min read

A Texas House committee on Tuesday abandoned a controversial effort to pay teachers based on their performance.

The idea, backed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in his State of the State speech, was billed as an effort to boost stagnant achievement in the state and modeled after a plan rolled out in Dallas several years ago. But many district superintendents saw it as a violation of local control, and teachers saw it as something that would result in teaching to the test.

“The rejection of merit pay sends an important signal that educator salaries should not be tied to standardized tests never intended for that purpose.” Louis Malfaro, president of the Texas American Federation of Teachers, said in a statement.

Instead, the House education committee is proposing to allow district superintendents to spend the $140 million to provide incentives for teachers to work at low-income schools.

The state’s Senate, meanwhile, has passed a proposal to boost teacher pay by $5,000, a bill that would cost the state more than $3.9 billion over the next two years.

Texas’ legislature is in the thick of attempting to rewrite its state’s funding formula. The state’s Republicans have promised to lower property taxes while also increasing the amount of money going to low-income schools.

One idea being considered by the Senate is providing more money for school districts that perform well on the state’s accountability system.


Don’t miss another State EdWatch post. Sign up here to get news alerts in your email inbox. And make sure to follow @StateEdWatch on Twitter for the latest news from state K-12 policy and politics.

A version of this news article first appeared in the State EdWatch blog.

Let us know what you think!

We’re looking for feedback on our new site to make sure we continue to provide you the best experience.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Future of Work Webinar
Digital Literacy Strategies to Promote Equity
Our new world has only increased our students’ dependence on technology. This makes digital literacy no longer a “nice to have” but a “need to have.” How do we ensure that every student can navigate
Content provided by Learning.com
Mathematics Online Summit Teaching Math in a Pandemic
Attend this online summit to ask questions about how COVID-19 has affected achievement, instruction, assessment, and engagement in math.
School & District Management Webinar Examining the Evidence: Catching Kids Up at a Distance
As districts, schools, and families navigate a new normal following the abrupt end of in-person schooling this spring, students’ learning opportunities vary enormously across the nation. Access to devices and broadband internet and a secure

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Speech Therapists
Lancaster, PA, US
Lancaster Lebanon IU 13
Elementary Teacher
Madison, Wisconsin
One City Schools
Elementary Teacher - Scholars Academy
Madison, Wisconsin
One City Schools

Read Next

Education Obituary In Memory of Michele Molnar, EdWeek Market Brief Writer and Editor
EdWeek Market Brief Associate Editor Michele Molnar, who was instrumental in launching the publication, succumbed to cancer.
5 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: December 9, 2020
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of articles from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read