Texas lawmakers say they're putting teachers first this legislative session.
In fact, one of the first bills filed in the state senate -- SB 3 -- would give each of the state's 350,000 classroom teachers a one-time pay bump of $5,000.
However, while our state leaders figure out the math, many Southeast Texas teachers are struggling to survive on current teacher pay.
And, they are forced to take a second job.
That means after the school bell rings in the afternoon, some leave campuses to go to another job -- sometimes to work another eight hours with a different employer.
While the extra money helps, some educators say that working a second job is impacting their performance in the classroom.
KFDM/Fox 4's Angel San Juan reports on how these teachers are making ends meet.