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Texas Senate advances teacher pay hike plan

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DENISON, Texas -- Legislation aimed at getting more money to teachers has passed the Texas Senate, but the bill still has a long way to go before it becomes law.

Both the Senate and the House have worked on legislation regarding public education, but now they have to agree on how much to give teachers.

The budget bill passed Tuesday in the Texas Senate includes billions of new dollars for public schools in Texas. Every teacher in Texas would get a $5,000 raise under that proposal, which now heads to the House.

Texas educators are hoping lawmakers don't forget everyone involved in the school system.

"I think it's important that they consider all employees -- bus drivers, custodians, counselors, school nurses --  everybody -- to provide money for a raise for those people as well as teachers," said Denison Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott. 

The total price tag of the Senate's state budget plan is roughly $248 billion. The legislative session ends on May 27.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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