Topic: Accountability System

Attack on Class-Size Caps, Teacher Pay, and Contract Rights Blocked Again, For Now

Keep those calls, e-mails and letters coming in opposition to HB 400. In response to a temporary revenue crisis, this bill would permanently gut class-size caps, permanently eliminate state salary standards, and permanently remove key contract safeguards for Texas educators. The bill came to the House floor for nearly four hours of debate Friday evening, and House members had to...

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Attack on Class-Size Caps, Pay, Contracts Back on House Calendar for Friday

HB 400, the so-called “mandate relief” bill to make permanent, adverse changes in state law on class size, teacher pay, and educators’ contract protections, is back on the House calendar. The bill is scheduled to come up for a first floor vote on Friday, May 6. Look for an opportunity to take new action against HB 400 in the next...

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Bad-Bill Watch: HB 400 (“Mandate Relief”)

HB 400, the bill to gut class-size caps, cut teachers’ pay, and tamper with teachers’ contract protections, has yet to return to the House calendar after a failed effort to pass it last week. We encourage you to keep those calls and letters coming to block this bill, which would use a temporary revenue crisis as the excuse for permanent,...

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Bills on the Move, for Good or Ill

With just over 30 days to go in the regular session of the Texas legislature, here are some of the notable bills that moved ahead, for good or ill, during the past week. SB 718 by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Democrat of San Antonio, makes a reasonable change in the Safe Schools Act to focus discretionary expulsions from disciplinary...

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Latest Word on Bills Offering “Mandate Relief” at the Expense of Teachers and Students

Missing from the agenda for Monday, May 2, in the Texas House is HB 400, a bill purporting to provide school districts with “mandate relief”—which would gut class-size caps, cut pay for teachers and other school employees, take away procedural rights for teachers facing layoffs for financial reasons, and otherwise curtail educators’ contract rights. HB 400 by Rep. Rob Eissler,...

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Bad-Bill Watch: HB 400 Knocked Off House Agenda Temporarily; SB 12 Held Up, Too

The House bill to provide “flexibility” for school districts at the expense of students and teachers, HB 400, was knocked off the House agenda for today by a procedural objection from Democratic Rep. Borris Miles of Houston. Rep. Miles spotted an error in the official bill analysis that forced the bill to be sent back to the House Public Education...

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Eve of Action on HB 400, SB 12 “Mandate Relief” Bills

Two bills to provide "flexibility" for school districts at the expense of students and teachers could come up for floor votes in the Texas House (HB 400) and Senate (SB 12) tomorrow (Tuesday, April 26). Messages from school employees and parents all over the state already have slowed these bills down, but they haven't yet been stopped. Please send an...

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