Category Archives: Safe Schools

Senate Committee Okays Safe Schools Act Training for Administrators

Many school administrators need instruction in the proper enforcement of the Safe Schools Act—particularly the important distinction between ordinary disciplinary referrals to the principal’s office and formal removals of disruptive students initiated by classroom teachers. HB 1952, a bill by … Continue reading

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House Hearing on Charter Expansion, Nullification of Quality Safeguards for Neighborhood Schools

SB 2 by Sen. Dan Patrick would speed up the indiscriminate proliferation of charter schools. The bill stresses quantity over quality, promoting multiple modes of charter expansion without a commensurate increase in state oversight and quality control. The worst feature … Continue reading

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Bill to Enhance Disciplinary Authority of School Bus Drivers Passes Texas Senate Unanimously

The Texas Senate by a unanimous vote today passed SB 1541 by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio), a bill that strengthens the Safe Schools Act to grant school bus drivers enhanced authority to remove students for dangerous or … Continue reading

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Common Sense on Guns: Texas AFT President Linda Bridges to Speak at April 6 Rally

Texas AFT President Linda Bridges will be speaking out for sensible gun policies on Saturday, April 6, at a 1 p.m. rally on the south steps of the state capitol. The rally is being sponsored by Moms Demand Action for … Continue reading

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Some Dubious Senate Bills on the Move

SB 1408 by Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) would usher in A-to-F school accountability ratings based on performance standards to be determined by the commissioner of education. Texas AFT opposed the bill in committee because it leaves the commissioner free to … Continue reading

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House Committee Hears Testimony on Testing, Discipline Authority for Drivers and Teachers:

On Tuesday the House Public Education Committee heard testimony on a couple of dozen bills. We’ll note here three of particular interest to Texas AFT members. HB 504 by Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna (D-Houston) would prohibit the extension of state-mandated … Continue reading

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House Public Education Committee Considers Bills to Ensure Safety on School Buses and Reduce Overtesting in Lower Grades

The Texas House Public Education Committee will meet Tuesday afternoon with a long agenda to consider several key bills, including proposed legislation that addresses keeping our school buses safe and bills seeking to reduce overtesting in grades pre-K through 8. … Continue reading

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Guns in School: Rely on Public-Safety Professionals, Not Teachers, for Armed Protection

Texas AFT legislative counsel Patty Quinzi testified today against SB 17 by Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston), a bill proposing state-paid training for teachers who hold concealed-handgun licenses and who agree to train and serve as armed responders to protect students … Continue reading

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Texas AFT Testifies That Peace Officers, Not Armed Teachers, Are Needed to Secure Schools

Texas AFT testified today in a House committee hearing against proposals that would encourage schools to rely on arming teachers to protect schoolchildren.  Texas AFT legislative spokesman Ted Melina Raab said:  “Guns, except in the hands of fully trained law-enforcement … Continue reading

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Highs and Lows as Roughly 1,000 Bills More Bills Are Filed on Deadline Day in Texas Legislature

Today was the last day for lawmakers to file bills in the regular session of the Texas legislature, at least without getting special permission from their fellow senators or representatives. The total number filed today was around 1,000, on top … Continue reading

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