If you’re a teacher in an Austin public school, it’s hard to get a pay raise. Teachers who start out in Austin make around $45,000 a year. If they stay in the district for 20 years, on average, their annual salary increases by just $5,000 in that time, but some in the Austin Independent School District are trying to change that.

The school district is creating a new system that changes the way it evaluates teachers, helps them grow professionally and pays them, called the Professional Pathways for Teachers. It’s been in the works for more than a year with the help of AISD’s employee union, Education Austin, along with teachers, principals and district staff.

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