Topic: Certification

Texas Education Agency and Educator Certification Board Undergo Sunset Review

The staff of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission recommended legislative changes in the operations of the Texas Education Agency and State Board for Educator Certification at a commission hearing Wednesday. Texas AFT will testify tomorrow in support of some proposed changes but in opposition to others. Of special concern is the proposed abolition of the certification board and handover of...

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SBOE Rejects Certification Board’s GPA Rule; Next Stop, State Legislature?

By a vote of 12 to 3, the elected State Board of Education on Friday vetoed a rule proposed by the appointed State Board for Educator Certification that would have reaffirmed the current requirement of a 2.5 GPA for admission to state-approved educator-preparation programs. Several SBOE members in the majority voiced the hope that the veto would compel the certification...

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Standards for Entry into Educator Preparation Debated at State Board of Education

In 2013 the state legislature passed a bill calling for a small increase in the grade point average generally required for entry into an educator-preparation program. But last month the gubernatorial appointees on the State Board for Educator Certification balked at raising the required GPA to 2.75 from the current 2.5. After hearing from private providers of alternative-certification programs opposed...

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Send Your Senator a Message: Reject State Handover of Neighborhood Schools to Private Operators

SB 1718 by Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) would authorize the commissioner of education to take over neighborhood schools rated low-performing and turn them over to charter operators. In the process, students, teachers, and parents would lose most of the safeguards of educational quality and fair treatment that they have under the Education Code. The bill could come up for a...

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Texas AFT and Allies Challenge “Quantity Before Quality” and Nullification of State Safeguards in Charter-Expansion Bill

Texas AFT spokesman Ted Melina Raab testified In the House Public Education Committee this evening against SB 2, the ill-advised bill to expand the number of charter schools substantially and to let school districts nullify Education Code safeguards, such as class-size limits and teacher certification, at a sizable proportion of their campuses. Melina Raab noted the state’s failure to oversee...

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State Board of Education: Simmering Issues

The fractious State Board of Education generally kept its controversies below the boiling point this week, but there were signs of simmering discontent with key aspects of state education policy. A prime example:  Board members debated and then reaffirmed their stance that implementation of new state curriculum standards should be held up until necessary instructional materials are funded and provided....

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Online Poll Question: Should Teachers “Friend” Students on Facebook?

Visit www.aft.org to register your opinion and see a running tally of poll results on this question. For general guidance as to where the boundaries lie in teacher/student friendships--whether online or otherwise--the State Board for Educator Certification has promulgated the following standards, enforced by certificate sanctions, under the Texas code of ethics and standard practices for educators found in 19...

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Texas AFT Members Win a Fight for Fairness at State Certification Board

You spoke, and they listened. In response to numerous comments submitted by Texas AFT members, the State Board for Educator Certification today rewrote two new proposed rules on professional discipline for educators. The rules as originally proposed would have tilted the disciplinary process unfairly against educators. One would have treated a deferred adjudication as the equivalent of a criminal conviction....

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Sizing Up a Proposed Federal Teacher-Prep Initiative

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education out today calls for greater accountability on the part of teacher-preparation programs and for grant programs targeted to increase diversity within the teaching corps and to aid states in establishing rigorous certification systems. The American Federation of Teachers said today that the feds are right to make improvements in teacher preparation...

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Texas AFT Calls for Hearing on Questionable SBEC Rule Proposals

It’s not too late to get a word in edgewise with the State Board for Educator Certification in opposition to proposed rules that would allow unjustified certificate sanctions to be imposed on educators. Here’s the link to the Texas Education Agency Web site where you can see the proposals and send an e-mail comment: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=3840. When you send in your...

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