- ATPE LAN UPDATE
On Saturday, May 1, The House Select Committee on Public School Finance passed House Bill (HB) 1 and House Joint Resolution (HJR) 1, which contains the committee's plan to address the school funding crisis. This plan must be rejected and refocused to meet the needs of our students.
HB 1 and HJR 1 will be debated on the House floor during the next three days. ATPE encourages all educators to CALL YOUR TEXAS HOUSE MEMBER TODAY AND TELL HIM TO VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL 1 AND HJR 1 (the constitutional amendment).
a.. Includes an insidious attempt to restore the $500 pass-through for teachers. This is only for the purpose of replacing current provisions that will restore the supplement for all educators in 2005.
b.. Exacerbates the teacher shortage by replacing a pay raise for educators with a divisive pay-for-performance program based on test scores that will destroy the collaborative environment by forcing teachers and campuses to compete for limited funds.
c.. Makes all new funding for public schools dependant on the unlikely passage of a constitutional amendment to allow slot machines at race tracks. Even if the Legislature were to pass such an amendment, it would still have to be approved by voters in November.
d.. Provides more than $5 billion in property tax relief but only $700 million in formula funding for schools.
e.. Provides only a 2 percent increase over current funding levels for school districts.
f.. Replaces the TAKS for high school students with eight new state accountability tests.
HB 1 and HJR 1 are bad for public education and are opposed by the entire education community. Call your representative to tell him to listen to the education community and reject these bills.
Tell your legislator to listen to the education community, not party leadership.
Every education group in Texas opposes these bills including; ATPE; TASB; TASA; the School Alliance, which represents the largest schools in the state; the Rural Schools Coalition; Texas School Coalition, which represents property-wealthy schools; the Equity Center, which represents property poor districts; the Texas PTA; and the Coalition for Public Schools. Tell your representative that he should, too.
Use the link at the bottom of this page to find contact information for your legislators.
If you do not already have contact information for you legislator, click on the link at the bottom of this page and enter your address. Doing so will provide you with the addresses and phone numbers of all your legislators. When you call, remember to identify yourself as a constituent, an educator and an ATPE member. And, as always, be professional and respectful.
To find contact info for your state legislators click on the following link: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/fyi/address.htm and
enter your address.
If you have any questions, please contact ATPE Governmental Relations at (800) 777-ATPE or e-mail us at government@....
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This is legislative advertising contracted for by Doug Rogers, Executive Director, Association of Texas Professional Educators, 305 E. Huntland Dr., Suite 300, Austin, TX 78752-3792, representing ATPE.
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