Sunday, February 24, 2013

Teachers Are Still Fighting In Austin

As the legislative session pushes forward, Texas educators are still advocating for higher salaries while attacking other legislation.

HB 176, written by Armando Martinez, was introduced and referred to the committee on House Public Education on Feb. 6, 2013. This bill would increase Texas teacher salaries so they are closer to the national average.

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association is another group advocating for Texas teachers. However, the TCTA is in Austin opposing a piece of legislation. SB 2, presented by Dan Patrick, is being opposed by the TCTA because "the home-rule section of the bill essentially guts teacher rights and benefits, legal protections, parent and student rights, and many other provisions of the Education Code", according to their site

Something that may impact the outcome of legislation for Texas education is the recent court case that found Texas' system for funding schools unconstitutional. Judge Dietz found the system to be "inadequate" and "unfair". The case is headed to the Supreme Court. You can read the full story here.

Will the TCTA be successful in opposing SB 2? Will the court case affect what is happening in Austin?

Quote Source: Court Case Article

Preston Chilton

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Topic: Increasing Teacher Salaries, Texas Education

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