Texas state Rep. James Talarico, D-Round Rock, filed a bill March 11 to establish a minimum teacher compensation amount.

House Bill 3580, if approved and signed into law, would establish a minimum teacher salary of $70,000 annually and would account for an inflation adjustment and increase, according to a news release.

Talarico, who is a former teacher, said in the release educators have been especially challenged in the previous year and that many teachers have had to work multiple jobs or find additional means of compensation to cover their personal expenses.

“In only 12 months, our teachers have endured a global pandemic, an economic collapse, and a deadly winter storm," Talarico said in the release. "I’m filing HB 3580 mandating a minimum salary of $70,000 for every teacher in Texas because our educators deserve nothing less.”