TCTA testified before the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on Article III this week in support of more funding for public education, but requested the budget be more specific regarding pay increases for teachers and other personnel. TCTA urged lawmakers to increase the state's contribution to active employee health insurance.

House Democrats introduced a $14.5 billion framework for public education and outlined their priorities, which include full-day pre-K, pay raises for teachers and other educational and support staff, more money for health insurance and property tax relief. Republican House leaders are expected to file school funding and reform bills soon.

There's plenty of talk about teacher salaries, but few specifics on the table. Click here for a look at current and potential proposals.

Next week, the Senate Finance Committee will review SB 3, which proposes a $5,000 raise for teachers. The House Public Education Committee will review 21 bills, and the House Higher Education Committee meets as well.