Abilene ISD feels the same way, which is part of the reason they are considering bumping up the salary for first-year teachers.
"I am so proud of Abilene ISD in regards to teacher compensation. Over the last several years, our school district has increased teacher pay at rates much higher than our cohorts and peer districts throughout the state," explains AISD Superintendent Dr. Heath Burns.
AISD is considering raising the pay for first-year teachers from $39,000 to at least $40,000. Abilene ISD pays a bit lower than Midland ISD and Grand Prairie ISD in the Metroplex, which both pay entry level educators $47,000 dollars a year....but parents say that any raise for teachers is a good one.
"Its not their job to raise them, but they play a really important role in that, and really, I mean, there's just not enough money that we could give them," says Crystal Johnston.
"As a parent, I want my school to give my boys the best they can. So if that's incentive packages, if its you know raising it a thousand dollars, helping with healthcare or benefits. Any incentive that you can have," says Heather Marrs.
Although budgets are tight, parents seem to appreciate them paying more for the teachers that mentor their children.
To see the Abilene ISD teacher pay scale, click here. First-year teachers at Wylie ISD, which has a much smaller student population than AISD, make $31,800.
The following are first-year teacher salaries for similar sized school districts around Texas:
Abilene ISD: 39,000
Lubbock ISD: 42,000
San Angelo ISD: 37,500
Wichita Falls ISD: 38,188
Waco ISD: 43,000
Ector County ISD (Odessa): 43,200
Midland ISD: 47,000
Duncanville ISD: 48,500
Birdville ISD: 50,000
Wylie ISD: 31,800