AUSTIN – State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed legislation that would create an allotment of $5,000 for every full time teacher in Texas. It requires school districts to use this funding for the sole purpose of paying qualified employees and would not be available for reallocation.
“Texas teachers spend countless hours preparing and educating our kids, often spending their own money on classroom supplies,” said Guillen. “Yet, their compensation is less than that of the national average.”
Changing life circumstances and a rise in the cost of living has unfortunately led many experienced teachers with no choice but to leave their dream jobs in pursuit of higher paying opportunities. In addition, the issue of low wages has not only proven to negatively effect current educators, it has shown to be a deterrent for qualified young Texans who would otherwise pursue a career in the field. While the Texas education system suffers a loss of passionate, caring and dedicated employees, it is ultimately our children who are the victims of the present situation.
“The allotted funds provided through HB 1371 to full time Texas teachers would serve to incentivize potential educators and above all, act as an investment in our children’s future,” Guillen concluded.
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/ representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen