Texas Senate OKs $5K teacher raises, but negotiations ahead

AUSTIN, Tx (AP) -- Every teacher in Texas would get a $5,000 raise under a spending bill approved by the state Senate, but any pay hike still has a long path to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.

The budget bill passed Tuesday includes billions of new dollars for public schools in Texas. But the Senate and House -- which are both controlled by Republicans -- must now work out differences over how much to give teachers.

Republican leaders have promised more education funding after years of cost-cutting. Other states are also showing a new commitment to classrooms after teacher strikes in West Virginia last year began pressuring lawmakers.

The total price tag of the Senate's state budget is roughly $248 billion. The legislative session ends May 27.