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Texas lawmakers consider teacher pay, testing changes

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DENISON, Texas -- Changes to the STAAR test and teacher pay raises passed the Texas Senate earlier this week, so the next stop is the House.

The legislation should be in place within the next 25 days for teachers, and it could mean a $5,000 pay increase for them.

As for the STAAR test, which is given to Texas public school students from 3rd through 12th grades, it could mean fewer tests that students would be required to pass.

"We badly need to look at STAAR," said Denison Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott. "I think we're over-testing students big time. I think we can accomplish the same goal by testing less."

Scott said he hopes the Senate and House can agree to increase teacher pay along with salaries for librarians, bus drivers, secretaries and those involved in food service, and more.

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