School Budget Cuts Affecting Teacher Salaries

Texas public school superintendents from 241 districts found $5.4 billion in state budget cuts are having an impact on teachers and students.
     A recent Texas AFT survey reports 6,480 positions cut in the 2011-2012 school year, with the largest number being teaching positions.
     As a response to budget cuts, superintendents said their districts anticipate cutting employee salaries, cutting health care benefits, cutting stipends for extra duties, hard-to-staff positions, bilingual education or educational achievement and Using employee furlough days.
     5% of superintendents said their districts are charging fees for extracurricular activities.
     Texas AFT mailed surveys to 1,051 superintendents throughout the state in December and received 241 response.