Fort Worth ISD Passes $822 Million Budget

Alan Scaia
June 26, 2019 - 7:51 am
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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - The Fort Worth Independent School District passed a budget for 2019-2020 Tuesday night. The $821.5 budget includes a raise for teachers and additional funds for campus programs.

The budget will increase the starting pay for teachers by $1,000 to $54,000.​ Teachers and other employees will also receive a two percent raise at the midpoint of each pay grade.

"There's always an arms race for that starting teacher's salary," Steve Poole, the executive director of the United Educators Association, said at the Fort Worth ISD school board meeting where the budget was adopted. "That's great for those starting teachers, but it's the veteran teachers we know are the glue that binds. Your support for the veteran employees and veteran teachers in this budget is greatly appreciated."

The budget includes money to expand "schools of choice" programs. Fort Worth ISD will add programs at the World Languages Institute and I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA.

The budget was passed unanimously, but Trustee Ashley Paz questioned whether the budget did enough to help the district meet goals for early childhood literacy, middle years math and college and career readiness.

"As we're trying to change our board behavior, that means we need to be having more intentional conversations that are directly tied to our student outcome goals," she says.

Fort Worth ISD says an amended budget will need to be passed and a tax rate adopted in August. The school board is still waiting for a final figure of additional state funding from HB3.