Topic: Class Size

Action Needed Now—Call Your Senator, Oppose Attacks on Class-Size Limit, Pay/Contract Rights

The Senate Education Committee takes up two bills tomorrow that demand your immediate attention. SB 443 by Sen. Dan Patrick, Republican of Houston, would effectively eliminate the class-size cap of 22 to 1 in grades K-4 that has served our students well for nearly three decades. SB 443 would change the cap for each classroom into a district-wide “average” size...

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Key Battles in Senate Committee Next Week

The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday will consider proposals that would gut the crucial class-size law, degrade teachers’ contract and salary rights, and focus state education policy more than ever on students’ standardized test scores. Keep an eye out for action alerts enabling you to have your say with senators who will be hearing the arguments and casting the votes...

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PTA Members Lobby for Class-Size Limits, Education Funding

We offer a tip of the hat to our friends in the Texas PTA for making their presence felt at the capitol today. PTA members urged their legislators to uphold class-size limits and to come up with the funding needed for public education. They called for use of the state’s robust Rainy Day Fund ($9.4 billion) as well as other...

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Senate Education Hearing: Cutting Into the Muscle and Bone of Public Education, Unless We Fight Now for Needed Funding

Many superintendents and school boards across the state are informing their staff and community of grim contingency plans for radical cutbacks in school personnel and programs. That conversation came to the capitol today in a public hearing of the Texas Senate Education Committee marked by calls for “flexibility” and “mandate relief” to cope with huge cuts in state school aid...

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Senate Hearings on Budget, Class Size, “Mandate Relief” Next Week

Monday morning, January 31, the Senate Finance Committee will hear testimony from the comptroller’s office on the official revenue estimate that tells lawmakers how much new revenue will come in for the 2012-2013 biennial budget period. That estimate, issued by Comptroller Susan Combs on January 10, is the basis for the House and Senate budget bills that would make huge...

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Some Key Points in the Debate on Class-Size Caps

If class size in public schools isn't important, “then why does every private school in America brag on 'we have a small class size?’” That question posed by former Texas Gov. Mark White leads off one of the best articles we’ve seen lately regarding the looming attack in the state legislature on class-size limits.  (The state class-size law enacted under...

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Texas AFT and Coalition Partners Call for Balanced Approach to Balancing State Budget

A new coalition of Texans today urged state lawmakers to avoid brutal cuts in essential public services and come up instead with a balanced response to the state’s revenue shortfall, including full use of the Rainy Day Fund, maximum use of available federal funds, and tapping new revenue sources that treat all individuals and businesses equitably. At a well-attended capitol...

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Comptroller Mounts New Attack on Class-Size Limits in Early Elementary Grades; Teacher Evaluations, Pay, and Contract Rights Targeted, Too

The drumbeat for an attack on state class-size limits in grades K-4 that began in the Texas Senate Education Committee last February just got louder today. State Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs, in the name of "efficiency," issued a report that recommends "eliminating the 22-student limit for each K-4 classroom and instituting an average 22-student class size instead." Make...

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Setting the Table: Texas Senate Education Committee Makes Proposals for 2011 Session

The Texas Senate Education Committee, chaired by Plano Republican Sen. Florence Shapiro, has come out with a wish list of policy changes that Shapiro can be expected to seek in the 2011 session of the legislature. Not all of them have the full backing of her committee members, however. Controversial recommendations include: --Removing the cap on the number of charters...

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Compliance With Class-Size Requirements

The Texas Education Agency on September 3 sent out its annual notice to school superintendents on compliance with class-size requirements under Texas Education Code Section 25.112. That section of state law says that as a general rule "a school district may not enroll more than 22 students in a kindergarten, first, second, third, or fourth grade class." The commissioner of...

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