Sen. Jane Nelson, a former teacher, more than made up for his omission and glided over differences with the House. “This process is made easier by the fact that both chambers are prioritizing three key issues, and that’s certainly property tax relief, education reform and teacher salaries,” she said. All session, Nelson and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have insisted lawmakers pass a $5,000-a-year, across-the-board pay raise for teachers. They’ve done so in spite of the fact that the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, which called for a revamp of school funding, was silent on the subject of across-the-board raises, though it recommended a teacher merit pay plan similar to one pioneered by Dallas ISD. Neither Gov. Greg Abbott, who briefly attended Tuesday’s initial meeting of the House-Senate budget conference committee, nor Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, have endorsed the Senate’s across-the-board pay raise. Instead of a pay raise only for teachers and librarians, as the Senate has blessed, the House passed a school-finance overhaul that would require school districts to spend at least 25 percent of their funding increase on salary increases for all district employees.