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  • Lori Kirkpatrick

TEI Myth of the Day

TEI Myth: Over 90% of teachers received a salary increase for the 2017-18 school year.

FACT: Although technically a true statement, when you factor in inflation, rising health care premiums, and retirement contributions 81% of teachers received no increase or an actual pay cut.

  • In 2016-17, 43% of teachers received $0.

  • Until this year, librarians and counselors had not received salary increases for four years.

Figure 1. DISD average salary increases by effectiveness level and the distribution of salary increases.

As noted in the post yesterday, eighty percent of teachers are rated Proficient I and below, thus have an average annual salary of $56,000 or less. Figure 1 shows the largest average annual increase given was $1,224 with the majority receiving < $1,000. With inflation at 2.9%, one needs $1,624 on a salary of $56K to keep pace.


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