Many San Antonio educators to receive salary increases after more local districts are added to TEA’s teacher incentive program
SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Education Agency recently announced the second list of school systems included in Cohort B of the Teacher Incentive Allotment designation. In Bexar County, the San Antonio Independent School District and the School of Science and Technology will be included in the program.
Harmony Public Schools and Somerset ISD were the first schools in the county to be included in the program when it launched in fall 2020.
ISD San Antonio Superintendent Pedro Martinez says he’s thrilled to know that nearly 200 of his best teachers will get the recognition they need in their paychecks, as well as an additional $ 10,000 per paycheck. person to help coordinate a post-COVID-19 education plan.
“We have people in our teacher base who will earn over $ 100,000. And these are teachers who have been teacher leaders throughout, ”Martinez said.
Martinez says the great thing about the Teacher Incentive Award designation is that it is state funding that has been set aside, unlike grants that are only available until. ‘when funds are exhausted.
Teachers who receive the designation will retain the increase for five years and qualify again to continue the salary increase. Each year, districts can add more teachers to the list who meet the requirements set by the TEA.
The goal of the state program is to keep good teachers in high-need rural districts in order to improve their teacher retention and the recruitment of excellent teachers.
The educators selected have proven to be effective teachers and their results have led to measurable improvements in their students. Each district must use at least 90% of the funds for teacher compensation, and the rest can be used for other programs to help teachers train.
Martinez says all funds received by SAISD will be used exclusively for teacher compensation.
Statewide, $ 43 million was generated to pay more than 4,600 teachers. Another 108 teachers from the National Council also received the designation and a salary increase.
Last year was the first year the program was launched, and Somerset ISD had 20 teachers who received the designation. This year, 10 additional teachers will receive the additional salary.
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