The week in Texas Education News
House and Senate budgets align, sort of, while school finance bill is slated for a vote; and briefs on crowdsourcing and 100-year-old retired educators
As the House passes a budget in line with its school finance bill, the Senate starts to align its budget in the same direction, but conflicts—including on educator pay—still remain. As the finance bill, HB 3, comes to a vote Wednesday, some superintendents are still pushing pay for test scores. And, news on 100-year-old retired educators and some bans on sites like DonorsChoose.
Bills moving to help retired educators
The big, good news last week is that House Bill 9 — which would up the state’s contribution to the TRS pension fund 2 percent to 8.8 percent and provide a 13th check for retirees (capped at $2,400) — was heard in a House committee this morning and received favorable remarks from committee members.
AFT President Randi Weingarten’s New York Times column on the need to Fund Our Future
Weingarten notes that the new national budget proposal from the administration eliminates funds for community schools, preschools, and after-school and summer school programs.
San Antonio school board hands off 18 schools to management groups in move to get extra money for charter campuses
We finally see some coverage of how our support team in schools is suffering from low wages, and what the prospects are for a pay raise. We also take one more look at what led to taking out pay for test scores in the House school funding bill. Plus, a disturbing look at lead in school water, and money is ponied up for school safety.