CORPUS CHRISTI, Tx. — With the Corpus Christi ISD school board still debating how big a raise to give its teachers, another Coastal Bend school district made a big announcement this week.
"We applaud Alice ISD for doing the best for their children, and that is giving the employees a significant raise," Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers President Dr. Nancy Vera said.
The Alice ISD school board approved raises that average 10.61% Tuesday night, based on experience. It means teachers with one-to-five years experience will be paid between $4,200-$4,400 more than last year. For teachers with six or more years experience, the raises range from $4,500-$5,800 raises.
During their last session during the spring, the Texas Legislature raised school funding, stipulating that districts use at least 30% of the extra money for teacher pay raises. The Corpus Christi ISD School Board hasn't voted on their raises yet, but the latest proposal before them was for teacher pay increases of between 3.5% and 4%. The AFT, a teacher's union, hopes CCISD goes much higher than that.
"We're hoping that CCISD will follow suit as Alice ISD did and invest in the human capital and all of the wonderful employees that have so dedicated their lives to CCISD," Dr. Vera said.
Multiple messages left for CCISD's superintendent and spokesperson for comment on this article were not returned.