Few effective teachers and principals want to work in underfunded schools and districts unlikely to be highly rated, which further harms vulnerable students.Read More
Author: Texas School Alliance
What Local Taxpayers Should Know About the State’s $20 Billion Privatization Experiment – Diverting Local School District Taxes to Privately-Operated Charter Schools
In 1995, the Texas Legislature created our current “dual education” system by authorizing
privately-operated charter schools (“charters”) to simultaneously operate schools in the boundaries of school
districts. A charter is a private organization that is solely approved by the State to run separately managed schools
with taxpayer funds. As such, taxpayers are funding 2 separate school systems: their locally-governed school
district and State-approved, privately-operated charter schools.
Texas is spending fewer dollars per student — 16 percent less — than it did in 2008, according to the Washington-based think tank Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. That’s the sixth-biggest decline in state spending in the country.Read More
Benefits for Texas teachers have been a point of contention between educators and lawmakers for years — and often a hot topic at the Legislature. But where does Texas fall nationally when it comes to teacher pay, health care and retirement benefits?Read More
How many Texas educators and parents, I wonder, will once again sit out an election or vote against the best interests of their professions, their students and their children?Read More
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