The TCTA Legal Department spent many hours assisting Pharr-San Juan-Alamo CTA members who were asked to vote this week on a proposal to convert their campuses to alternative management structures in return for increased state funding under S.B. 1882. Although Superintendent Daniel King promised to keep current-law protections, it is uncertain whether the law that allows the conversion would permit it. Current laws and rules provide that the groups taking over the schools would have full authority over employee matters and the powers of a charter school. TCTA lawyers worked closely with our PSJA members to keep them fully informed about the potential risks to teacher rights and benefits.

Most campuses voted against the proposal, but six of the district’s 25 elementary campuses, and one of its eight high schools, voted in favor of the proposal (there was a tie vote at one elementary campus).

King had originally said that he intended to pursue the conversion with those campuses that supported the proposal, but later sent a message to the teachers and staff on those campuses to inform them that the school board president asked him not to place the proposal on the agenda, given the overall results of the vote.