Texas Senate hearing Monday focuses on teacher pay, student discipline, special education; Negative impacts of school vouchers documented in new study; March for Our Lives Saturday

Texas Senate hearing on March 26 focuses on teacher pay, student discipline, special education: On March 26 the Senate Education Committee will look at compensation strategies and measures to elevate the teaching profession and attract, retain, and reward teachers. Also due to be discussed: current student-discipline mandates, best practices to reduce discipline issues and provide support to classroom teachers. Third topic of the day will be a review of efforts to eliminate the effects of the former state performance indicator arbitrarily capping enrollment in special education. Texas AFT will testify in strong support of measures: to improve teacher compensation; to maintain teachers’ authority to remove disruptive students while at the same time promoting positive behavior interventions and restorative practices; and to provide the services and resources needed by students with disabilities.

Negative impacts of school vouchers documented in new study: How bad are school vouchers for students? Far worse than most people imagine. Indeed, according to an analysis conducted by the Center for American Progress​, the use of school vouchers—which provide families with public dollars to spend on private schools—has a negative impact on student achievement that is equivalent to missing out on more than one-third of a year of classroom learning. This analysis found that the overall effect of the D.C. voucher program on students is the same as missing 68 days of school.

March for Our Lives Saturday: On Saturday, March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets in marches across the country to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence in our schools and communities. More than 50 marches will occur in cities across Texas. You can search for an event near you here: https://event.marchforourlives.com/event/march-our-lives-events/search/.