HISD board votes to give teachers pay increases after proposed freeze

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston ISD teachers will still receive their step pay increases after the school board turned down a proposal to freeze salaries.

The proposal, which would have trimmed $5 million from the 2018-2019 budget, was turned down by the board in a vote Thursday evening.

The board said the $5 million will now have to come from somewhere else, but it was not immediately clear from where.

Teachers in HISD are on a "step plan" which increases their pay based on their years of experience.

Last month, trustees approved a $2 billion budget that cut $83 million in spending.

HISD projects hundreds of teaching positions will be cut under the approved budget.

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