Approved 2020–2021 budget includes raises for staff

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The Board of Trustees has approved $61.2 million in salary increases for eligible employees for the 2020-2021 school year. The raises are possible through leveraging the district’s strategic initiative funds and the HB3 Teacher Incentive Allotment, to which the district has access due to the TEI evaluation system currently in use.

Eligible employees who are not under an excellence initiative will receive a 2% increase based on the midpoint of their salary range. Employees who are part of an excellence initiative will receive the greater of a change in excellence initiative compensation level or a defined dollar amount increase. More information regarding each group can be found below.

In addition to salary increases, the Board of Trustees also approved the administration’s recommendation to update the introductory scale for teachers. A novice teacher with zero years of experience would start at a minimum salary $56,500. The starting salary would range up to $63,400 for experienced teachers new to Dallas ISD. The recommendation was made to support the recruitment of high-quality candidates in teaching vacancies.

Excellence Initiative Staff

Teacher Compensation

  • Returning 2020-2021 teachers with a valid TEI Effectiveness Level will receive the greater of:
    • 2020-2021 TEI Compensation Level OR
    • 2% of effectiveness level board-approved Increase
  • Returning 2020-2021 teachers without an effectiveness level will receive the greater of:
    • Associated salary on the 2020-2021 New Hire Schedule OR
    • Board-approved Increase
  • No teacher’s salary will decrease in 2020-2021.

Principal, Assistant Principal, and Executive Director EDEI Compensation

  • Returning campus administrators will carry over their 2019-2020 effectiveness level.
  • Principals and executive directors will receive the greater of the change in the compensation level value or a $3,000 flat rate increase.
  • Assistant principals will receive the greater of the change in compensation level value or a $1,500 flat rate increase.
  • For new scales for principals and assistant principals see the 2020-2021 compensation handbook.

Excellence initiative employees can expect to see the salary change in their Oct. 15 paychecks.

The projected total cost of the excellence initiative salary increases is $36 million, which amounts to an average projected salary increase of 4.3% for classroom teachers.  In addition, through the Teacher Incentive Allotment, eligible teachers also will earn High-Priority and ACE campus stipends, bringing the total cost to $44 million in salary and stipend increases for teachers.

Non-Excellence Initiative Staff

Eligible staff will receive a 2% increase based on the midpoint and up to the maximum of their salary range. Employees whose current salary is above the maximum of the salary range will receive the board-approved increase in the form of an over-the-max stipend that will be paid throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

Non-excellence initiative employees can expect to see salary changes in their Sept. 15 paychecks.

Eligible support staff whose current salary is less than $50,000 will receive a one-time stipend of $750. Employees can expect to see the stipend reflected in their November paychecks.

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