Austin ISD announces 6% raises for all district staff; 7% for teachers with more than 5 years experience

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Austin ISD will give all district staff a 6% pay increase in its upcoming fiscal year 2019-20 budget, and teachers with more than 5 years of experience will receive a 7% raise, according to an announcement made June 13.

“This is the most robust and powerful compensation package in my 21 years in the district,” Education Austin President Ken Zarifis said at a news conference, calling it “an inspiring day for Austin ISD.”

Superintendent Paul Cruz said the raises represent a $48 million increase in teacher compensation in the district’s budget. Through House Bill 3, a school finance bill that was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 11, the state had required the district to increase compensation by at least $21 million, he said.

“We are looking at a very different scenario if HB3 doesn’t pass,” Cruz said. “[These raises] would not have be possible.”

The FY 2019-20 budget, which will come to the district’s board of trustees for approval June 17, also includes a $500,000 investment in stipends for special education staff, and a $1.2 million investment in bilingual staff, Cruz said. The budget will go into effect July 1, at the start of the district’s new fiscal year.

“This historic agreement is for those who serve our district,” board president Geronimo Rodriguez said. “These across the board raises are for everyone in Austin ISD.”

In May, members of Education Austin—the AISD teachers’ and employees’ union—had demanded 10% raises from the district. Zarifis, who led a rally for district staff May 20, said that it was a fight for the current students and every child that comes into the district in the future.

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  1. This pay increase is long overdue. Teachers are expected to do a difficult task of educating in the 21st century with old pay, old tools and a changing society. By far, teaching is still a noble profession and after 20+ years, I still love my career choice!

  2. As a recent student, I couldn’t agree more, Judy. While long overdue and hardly what our teachers deserve, this is a huge step in the right direction. It’s hard to believe last session we were entirely wrapped up in discriminatory bathroom bills. I am proud of our new State Reps for changing the conversation and delivering on their promises – this is just the beginning. We need to continue holding our representatives to account and making sure that future policies don’t halt or hinder this progress.

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Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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