“We are very happy to continue to reward our staff for their dedication to excellence,” said Fatih Ay, CEO of Harmony Public Schools. “Every year our 34,000 plus students consistently exceed state education standards. Our teacher’s hard work is recognized annually by major publications, such as US News Best High Schools, and noted children’s advocacy groups.”

In addition to a base salary increase of between $3,500 & $5,000, teachers will be awarded a stipend of $1,000 if they have between 5 and 9 years of classroom experience. Those with more than 10 years’ experience will receive $2,000. “We see this as an investment not only in our teachers but in our students as well,” Ay said.

The new salary schedule follows Governor Greg Abbott’s signing of the $11.5 Billion school finance reform package. Harmony chose to target additional funding into pay & benefits for teachers and staff. These increases have been presented to the HPS Board of Directors, and will be up for approval after receiving regulations from TEA.

Harmony Proposed Pay Increases

Students who did not meet satisfactory performance standards on one or more STAAR End of Course exam(s) are required to continue testing as mandated by state law.  Below is the schedule for the next testing opportunity. Students who do not participate or are not successful in June, their next testing opportunity will be in December 2019.

Monday, June 24: English I
Tuesday, June 25: Biology
Wednesday, June 26: English II
Thursday, June 27: Algebra and US History
Friday, June 28: make up day

All testing will take place at HSA-Houston.  Please arrive at the check-in time specified above and enter through the front doors of the school.  Students must bring picture identification (school ID card, driver’s license, or state issued ID card) to the testing session.  Students are allowed to bring a quiet snack and a bottle of water. Cell phones will not be allowed in the testing rooms but can be stored at check-in with campus personnel.  Students may leave after completing their test.