Houston Schools New Budget Brings Needed Money For Teachers And
Improvements

Houston Schools New Budget Brings Needed Money For Teachers And Improvements



Houston schools teachers have not had significant pay raise in​ seven years. the​ new Houston schools budget plans for an​ average 8.6 percent pay raise for teachers for the​ 2006-07 school year,​ with a​ total of​ $49.2 million in​ funding. the​ state is​ providing $31 million for the​ pay raises,​ and the​ Houston schools are providing $18.2 million from their own revenues. an​ additional $8 million increase also is​ included for teacher performance pay.

This is​ all part of​ the​ Houston schools proposed $1.4 billion budget for the​ 2006-07 school year,​ and the​ Houston schools will NOT increase school tax property rates by the​ allotted four cents per $100 of​ property.

The Houston schools believe the​ pay raises should make their district more competitive to​ attract more teaching talent. Newly recruited teachers will start at​ $40,​268,​ an​ increase from last year’s $36,​050 starting pay.

The Houston schools proposed budget also includes the​ following:

• $1.9 million for principal and assistant principal pay raises of​ 5.1 percent. Again,​ the​ Houston schools intent is​ to​ make their district more competitive. This also includes additional incentives for principals of​ larger schools and/or those with higher numbers of​ disadvantaged students and gifted and talented students,​ which require more oversight and innovation to​ educate.
• $3 million to​ help academically struggling Houston schools.
• $4.8 million more for elementary and middle schools.
• $12 million for small-sized Houston schools that do not receive as​ much per-student funding but need the​ revenues for instructional improvements.
• More than $10 million to​ help bring school buildings up to​ standard.
• $25.1 million for overall school building maintenance.
• $927,​300 (nearly $1 million) to​ maintain the​ increased police and K-9 presence at​ the​ Houston schools.
• Four percent raise across the​ board for school bus drivers,​ cafeteria workers,​ custodians and hourly employees.
• Four percent raise for Houston schools administrators.

This is​ all from the​ proposed budget’s General Fund,​ which increases by 5.7 percent under the​ Houston schools new plan. the​ Houston schools additional revenue for the​ coming school year comes from the​ increase in​ local property values and the​ state’s newly adopted school finance system,​ which shifts more of​ the​ funding of​ public education burden to​ the​ state. This decreases the​ cost of​ education for the​ local taxpayers from the​ 87.1 percent last year to​ only 77.6 percent for school year 2006-07.

Separate from the​ General Fund is​ a​ special appropriation from the​ state legislature for the​ Houston schools. it​ will place $11.8 million more next year into improving high schools,​ with each receiving an​ extra $187 in​ per student funding. the​ Houston schools intend to​ add an​ additional $39 per student to​ this special appropriation,​ based upon the​ types of​ students and specific needs of​ each school.

Lastly,​ the​ Houston schools put aside extra money this year to​ cover the​ cost of​ fuel for school vehicles and electricity. the​ Houston schools have a​ total of​ 1,​000 buses and other vehicles in​ its fleet. They expect the​ cost of​ fuel to​ increase by $3 million. the​ cost of​ electricity for Houston schools is​ expected to​ increase by $9.1 million over last year’s expenditure.




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