Texas AFT sent a letter today asking Governor Greg Abbott to waive Texas Education Code § 21.210(a) (which requires a teacher under a term contract to file a written resignation with the board of trustees no later than the 45th day before the first day of instruction of the following year to avoid penalty).
This is urgent because some districts are contemplating an early start for the next school year. At the same time, Texas Education Agency has again delayed the release of public health guidance for school districts this fall, and we do not have a date certain for its release. Without this guidance, teachers cannot make an informed decision that is crucial for their health and that of their families.
The 45th day before the start of instruction is quickly approaching, and educators are still not aware of their working conditions for the upcoming year. This a necessary basis on which to determine their agreement to future employment, considering the major changes in how instruction will be delivered and the many unknown factors.
We know many teachers are concerned about heading back to school before it is safe to do so. Individual schools districts have yet to make important safety decisions for reopening. Without guidance from TEA or their districts, teachers cannot make an informed decision that is crucial for their health and that of their families.
Texas AFT is asking for your help. Write to Governor Abbott to ask him to waive Texas education regulations so that teachers have more time to consider their employment contract and whether continuing to work is the appropriate decision for them and their family.