Topic: Salary

“Mandate Relief” Bills Move Toward State House and Senate Floor

SB 12, a “mandate relief” bill opposed by Texas AFT, could come up for a vote in the Texas Senate as early as Wednesday, April 20. The bill makes permanent, unnecessary, and adverse changes in teachers’ contract rights, and in effect it “solves” the structural deficit of $5 billion a year in school funding by enabling districts to cut teachers’...

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“Mandate Relief” at Teachers’ Expense

The Texas Senate Education Committee this morning passed SB 12, a bill that repackaged Sen. Florence Shapiro’s SB 3 on “mandate relief” for school districts. The bill by the Plano Republican passed with two Democrats (Sens. Royce West of Dallas and Wendy Davis of Fort Worth) in support, but it is not a consensus bill. Sen. Leticia Van de Putte,...

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Attack on Teacher Contracts, Salaries, Class-Size Limits Advances

HB 400, one of the session’s worst bills for public education and educators, was approved in the House Public Education Committee at 9:30 pm this evening by a six-to-four vote. Among the bill’s many ugly features: HB 400 takes away the current right of term-contract teachers to a hearing before an independent hearing examiner when faced with termination before the...

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Strong Testimony Against Bid to Roll Back Standards on Class Size, Teacher Pay, Contracts

Strong Testimony against a Bad Bill to Roll Back Quality Standards, Safeguards: HB 400 by Rep. Rob Eissler is a comprehensively bad bill that would roll back decades of educational quality safeguards in state law. Class-size caps for K-4 classrooms would be lifted; salary floors in state law would be replaced with district-by-district determination of teachers’ pay, which would be...

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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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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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