• Friday, April 22, 2011
    Good Friday it's not - Trimming the state budget at the expense of the classroom teacher.*
    * Personal comment by McMath Webmaster - Brant Weatherford.  Does not reflect the position of the Denton ISD or McMath Middle School.  Comments??:  bweatherford@dentonisd.org


    April 21, 2011
    Lawmakers, superintendents, teachers gather to champion HB 400
    House Education Chairman Rob Eissler joined educators, business leaders and legislators from around the state this morning to hold a news conference promoting House Bill 400 
    “Do not be misled,” Eissler said at the news conference. “This provision will save jobs.”
    Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of Dallas ISD, said he’s a teacher first and believes in keeping as many teachers as possible in the classroom.
    “We don’t want to reduce salaries,” Hinojosa said. “No one wants to reduce salaries, but a 1 percent salary reduction saves us $8.5 million.” Hinojosa also said a furlough day saves his district $4 million. If he took advantage of all six furlough days HB 400 would allow, it would save Dallas ISD $24 million.
    Hinojosa also pointed out that HB 400 would allow districts to use tools like salary decreases and furloughs if that’s what works for their community. “It’s not required,” he added.
    The House is scheduled to consider HB 400 today, but Eissler warned that lawmakers might not get to it because of a crowded agenda.
    April 21, 2011

    Senate Finance votes out SB 1

    The Senate Finance Committee met for a half-hour meeting Thursday morning where they unanimously approved the committee substitute for SB 1, the Senate’s budget bill, voting it favorably out of committee. The committee substitute included approving use of the Rainy Day Fund. More details on the bill coming next week.

    House adjourns prior to consideration of HB 400

    The House adjourned today prior to taking up and considering HB 400, the mandate relief bill.  The bill likely will be up for consideration by the full House on Tuesday.
    Both the House and Senate have adjourned until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

    House Pub Ed discussion on school finance rescheduled

    The House Public Education Committee scheduled for Monday has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 8 a.m.  The committee will hold a work session to discuss school finance.  No public testimony will be taken. 

    To watch a live broadcast of the hearing, go to http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/committee-broadcasts/recent-broadcast/

    House Pub Ed set to meet Tuesday

    The House Public Education Committee will meet Tuesday at 2 p.m. or upon final adjournment of the House to hear the following bills:

    HB 1134 by Kolkhorst: Relating to the use of radio frequency identification technology to transmit information regarding public school students.

    HB 2322 by Garza et al.: Relating to equal opportunity for access by private and parochial school students to UIL sponsored activities.

    HB 2932 by Castro: Relating to college preparatory courses offered by school districts for local course credit.

    HB 3009 by Bonnen: Relating to removal of the requirements concerning random testing for illegal steroids of high school students participating in athletic competitions sponsored or sanction by the UIL.

    To watch a live broadcast of the hearing, go to http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/committee-broadcasts/recent-broadcast/

    Senate Education to meet Tuesday

    The Senate Education Committee will meet Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. to hear the following bills:
    SB 66 by Zaffirini: Relating to the transfer of a student from the school district of the student’s residence to another district.

    HB 861 by Patrick, Diane (Senate Sponsor: Davis): Relating to membership of the state continuing advisory committee for special education services.

    HB 1555 Thompson et al. (Senate Sponsor: Ellis): Relating to the first day of instruction in certain school districts that provide additional days of instruction financed with local funds.

    Pending Bills:

    SB 1557 by Carona: Relating to the establishment of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium.

    To watch a live broadcast of the meeting, go to http://www.senate.state.tx.us/bin/live.php

Last Modified on May 3, 2011