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Child Protective Services ends talk of pay hike for managers

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas child welfare officials are backing away from an earlier proposal to increase the pay for top managers to at least $100,000 at a time the agency is seeing high turnover among caseworkers who receive modest pay for heavy workloads.

Child Protective Services has announced in the wake of an Austin American-Statesman report (http://atxne.ws/2989Q1h ) that it's ending any further consideration "until clear improvement is seen at CPS."

The newspaper had obtained a confidential CPS document showing officials were recommending that salaries for CPS' 10 regional directors top out at $142,000. The memo says the directors perform "highly advanced managerial work."

CPS is regularly criticized for low pay for caseworkers who in many instances are contending with soaring caseloads. An entry-level caseworker earns about $33,000.

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State child welfare officials are considering increasing pay for top managers to at least $100,000 at a time of severe turnover problems with caseworkers who receive modest pay and heavy workloads.

The Austin American-Statesman obtained a confidential Child Protective Services document showing officials are recommending that salaries for CPS' 10 regional directors top out at $142,000. The memo says the directors perform "highly advanced managerial work."

CPS is regularly criticized for low pay for caseworkers who in many instances are contending with soaring caseloads. An entry-level caseworker earns about $33,000.

The Dallas Morning News has previously reported that a backlog of cases in the Dallas area is resulting in investigators missing deadlines for visiting children.

A CPS spokesman says the pay increases are only a consideration at this point.

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