Ask your legislators to vote “no” on SB 2
Date Posted: 5/24/2013 | Author: Jennifer Mitchell, CAE
Leaders in both the House and Senate have reached a deal on Senate Bill (SB) 2, the charter school bill by Sen. Education Committee Chairman Sen. Dan Patrick (R–Houston). Although many of our concerns were addressed during negotiations, the bill still contains a provision that would allow school districts to designate campuses as “district charters.” Campuses that receive the designation would be exempt from safeguards in state law meant to protect teachers, parents and students, including:
- 22-to-1 class-size limits.
- A student's right to have certified teachers.
- Anti-bullying laws.
- Physical education requirements.
- Teacher rights and benefits, such as time for planning and preparation, duty-free lunch, contractual protections, etc.
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