With the shortage of teachers across the country, Dallas ISD has made a move to increase the salaries of teachers according to a WFAA article from June 24 which reports,
“Dallas ISD teachers are about to see higher pay after the district’s Board of Trustees approved on Thursday night a new budget for the next school year that includes higher salaries.
Hiring incentive costs and reimbursements would be absorbed by the district’s existing Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds, the release added.
The board’s hope is that these raises will make Dallas ISD more competitive with other districts when hiring.”
The board’s approval will include two primary benefits for the teachers which include a huge minimum pay for new teachers as well as a retention bonus according to a Dallas Morning News article from June 20. They say,
“New teachers in Dallas ISD would start at a minimum $60,000 salary under the pay scales proposed in the budget plan.
Dallas ISD compensates its teachers via a pay-for-performance system called the Teacher Excellence Initiative, or TEI, rather than a salary scale based on years of experience or college degrees. The system evaluates educators on classroom observations, student surveys, and student achievement that’s largely measured by test scores.
DISD employees will also be eligible for retention bonuses, paid out over three installments next school year.
Generally, the amount paid ranges from $2,500 to $3,500, depending on a teacher’s TEI ranking. The lowest-ranked educators — those rated unsatisfactory — will receive only $500.”
Dallas’ next fiscal year will begin on July 1, 2023 and the newly-approved benefits will officially start next year.