Topic: Salary

Senate Education Committee’s Recommendations: More Gleanings

The previous Hotline described notable committee recommendations, in an interim report intended to guide legislative action in 2011, on the topics of charter schools, teacher evaluation, modification of class-size limits, and educator contracts. Additional topics addressed include: --Teacher pay:  The committee’s interim report calls for providing “flexibility to school districts to meet local conditions” (without noting the broad flexibility districts...

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New Poll Shows Strong Public Support for Increased School Funding, Higher Teacher Pay, Smaller Classes, and Improved School Facilities

The well-respected Texas Poll has come out today with some timely information politicians should heed regarding public attitudes toward public schools. The independent poll, commissioned by the Texas Association of School Boards and conducted in July of this year, tells us emphatically that the would-be privatizers, profit-seekers, and other critics of public education have not sold the public on their...

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Recommended Reading–a Texas AFT Leader on Improving Schools as Union Work

The Fall 2010 issue of American Educator, the professional journal of the American Federation of Teachers, includes an extraordinary essay by one of our own, new Texas AFT Secretary-Treasurer Louis Malfaro. His piece, entitled "The Professional Educator: Lessons on Organizing for Power and School Improvement," offers many insights into what union organizing in education–particularly here in Texas–is all about. Read More

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Another Independent Study Finds No Impact From Performance Pay for Teachers

Texas Gov. Rick Perry likes to boast that Texas on his watch has created the biggest performance-pay program of any state in the country, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on bonuses tied mainly to the scores of students on standardized achievement tests. It’s not much to boast about, however, in light of studies that show no positive impact on...

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State Ruling Backs McAllen AFT on District’s Duty to Pay Salary-Step Increases

Texas AFT's local affiliate in McAllen ISD has won a significant victory in a legal battle to get the district to give teachers their full 2009-2010 pay raise as required by state law. This week an administrative law judge with the Texas Education Agency ruled in McAllen AFT's favor, supporting the union's contention that the district violated state law last...

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