About 300 TCTA members from across the state converged in Fort Worth for TCTA's annual convention June 25-27, 2014.

The educators participated in the annual Representative Assembly, which decides association positions on legislative issues and elects statewide leaders. In addition, the delegates attended continuing education sessions on subjects ranging from bullying to creating technology-rich learning environments.

The members who attended also had the opportunity to hear from both major party candidates for Texas governor.

Democratic candidate Wendy Davis addressed the delegates, calling for teacher raises: “Today in Texas teachers are paid about $8,000 below the national average. And in an economy as strong as Texas we can do better than that,” she said. Watch her full speech below.

 

Republican candidate Attorney General Greg Abbott called for the elimination of obstacles that make it hard for teachers to remove disruptive students from their classrooms. “We must uphold your rights as teachers to maintain a safe and disciplined environment for education,” he said. Watch his full speech below.

 

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, also addressed TCTA Convention delegates, speaking against private school vouchers and saying “the focus should be on how we value teachers.” Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, was invited but could not attend. Watch Van de Putte's full speech below.

 

During the convention TCTA also recognized those who have made a difference in public education during the past year, including Texas Sen. Kirk Watson and Rev. Virgie Holbrook of the Visions of Sugarplums Charitable Foundation, TCTA’s 2013-14 Friends of Education.

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