TCTA settles lawsuit against commissioner over teacher appraisals

TCTA and the three other major Texas teacher groups settled lawsuits with Education Commissioner Mike Morath through a joint settlement agreement filed May 3.

In a major victory for Texas teachers, the settlement will give school districts much greater flexibility in how to measure and weight student performance data in teacher appraisals as well as removing any reference to “value-added data” in both the commissioner-recommended appraisal system (T-TESS) and in locally-adopted appraisal systems. The four associations negotiated a settlement with the commissioner through the assistant attorneys general who were representing the commissioner in the four separate lawsuits filed against the teacher appraisal rules adopted by the commissioner last year.

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TCTA testifies on teacher training bills

In Tuesday's Senate Education Committee hearing, TCTA testified on two bills (SB 370 by Sen. Sylvia Garcia and SB 1753 by Sen. Eddie Lucio) that would require mandatory training for teachers on positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).

TRS benefit bills receive hearing

TCTA supported three bills in Monday's House Pensions Committee hearing. Although the bills are not likely to pass given the lack of sufficient funding in the pension program, it is important to keep this issue at the forefront so lawmakers can be aware of the need for better teacher retirement benefits. TCTA appreciates the sponsors of the following bills:

Coming up next week

Important bills - including the TRS-Care legislation - continue moving through the process as the final month of the session arrives.

House votes to eliminate component of school funding

Thursday, the House took up HB 28 by Rep. Dennis Bonnen, a bill that would end a key component of the state funding for Texas public schools. HB 28 eliminates the state franchise tax, a tax on businesses that has been criticized by the business community as unfair, and by the education community as inadequate.

House Pub Ed has marathon meeting including TCTA bill

We may at times fault legislators for the decisions they make, but we appreciate the many, many hours of work they perform in service to the state.

TCTA testifies on accountability legislation

TCTA told state lawmakers that a revamp of the state accountability system should include educators’ perceptions of their school climate.

House Pub Ed wrap-up

The House Public Education Committee met Tuesday with another lengthy agenda. The deadline for House committees to consider House bills is rapidly approaching, so committee meetings will be longer and more frequent for the next couple of weeks.

Among the bills heard Tuesday were:

Senate Ed hearing includes bills on dangerous school routes, student surveys

Tuesday's Senate Education Committee hearing included a bill addressing concerns about students who must travel through dangerous areas not served by school buses.