Top news of the week: More charter scandals, pension news, and teacher pushes back against STAAR

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Early voting starts today for many communities with school board races; get involved and vote
And here’s a good reason why: El Paso Times reports on School Board member found to have lied about her credentials. (And the candidate makes a video insulting teachers.)


This charter scandal results in justice for bilked parents; Charter threatens to call the police if parents are late; and a look at new funding proposed for English learners
One of the more infamous charter school scandals in Houston results in parents getting a piece of the settlement won from the imprisoned founders of the school. And, how would you react if your school sent you a letter saying it would call the police if you were late for pick-up? Finally, a detailed look at funding for English learners.

​​Amidst backlash on discipline, charter starts an alternate placement setting; poll shows support for pub ed funding​
The argument from charter-school leaders on why they can’t accept some students with discipline histories gets thinner. And massive support for public education funding and higher educator pay revealed in new poll.


​Retiree pension bill upcoming; another bill would help custodian workload; more pay needed for all staff; and Teacher of the Year pushes back against STAAR​
A bill that would significantly improve the TRS fund and provide a “13th check” for retirees is expected to be heard this week at the Capitol. News on bills and coverage of support staff issues. And a top-notch teacher pens an op-ed critical of the STAAR test.