Local teachers excited for possible salary increase

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII)- Denison ISD Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott says Texas teachers have not had a state funded pay raise in 20 years.

A couple of Denison high school teachers share what they would do with a salary increase if Senate Bill 3 is passed.

Social studies teacher Roger Mitchell says he would use the extra income on his own children.

"There's just always medical costs coming up, dental costs, things like that. We have been on a really strict, tight budget. We literally took a trip to Disney World this Christmas that we have been saving for seven years to go. I mean every penny has gone for the Disney fund," said Mitchell.

Fellow social studies teacher Staci Schneider says she would use the money to save for retirement.

"This is really good news to sort of say 'hey we really appreciate you, we know you're doing a hard job, we know you're not very well paid, our insurance is really expensive'," said Schneider.

Dr. Scott says he is glad to see legislators prioritizing education this year.

"We've (the state of Texas) got more money available than we've had in the past. They've got an opportunity to really step up and help our kids and help public schools," said Scott.

Mitchell has a message for any Texas politicians that may be watching.

"If you say that money is there, and they're talking about giving it to us, hey, lets go Austin! Lets go!" said Mitchell.

The bill needs approval in both the senate and the house before it would go to Governor Abbott's desk. If signed into law, it would go into effect next school year.