An overwhelming majority of registered voters polled in a recent survey by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Texas Lyceum said they would support higher taxes to boost teacher salaries, but not raises for school administrators.

Only 20% of those surveyed were in favor of higher taxes to pay school officials, while 74% said teachers needed more money.

The survey of 1,175 Texans found 60% of Republicans backed an increase in teacher pay, as did 91% of Democrats.

A majority of all voters also said they would pay higher utility fees if the money would go to resolving the state's long-term water needs.

Almost 80% said Texas state universities are among the best in the nation, but 43% said students at those schools don't get a good return on their tuition.


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