The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-needs areas.
Texas supports differential pay by which a teacher can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subjects or in a high-needs school. Teachers certified in master reading, master mathematics, master science or master technology — a master teacher is responsible for classroom instruction as well as mentoring other teachers — and who teach at high-needs schools are eligible for an annual stipend of $5,000.
Texas also has a Careers to Classrooms Program, which gives $5,000 in grants to assist future teachers in obtaining certification so that they may work in schools with high concentrations of educationally disadvantaged students.
Texas Education Code 21.0481-0484; 21.410- 413; 21.602 Texas Administrative Code Title 19, Part 2 Rule 102.1011; 102.1013; 102.1015; 102.1017
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