|Legislative: Key Issues|
Creating and maintaining an adequate and equitable funding system for Texas public schools must be the highest priority of our state.
The Association strongly opposes using state funds for vouchers and/or tax credits to attend private or religious schools.
Teacher Retirement System
The Association supports the integrity of the Teacher Retirement System.Preserve the quality of professional education by fulfilling the promise of a defined benefits plan for retired educators.
The Association strongly supports statewide fully funded, universal access to full-day, full-year prekindergarten for 4-year-olds, including facilities expansion.
The Association supports state law that requires school districts to implement a student code of conduct that is age-appropriate, and includes campus placement/review committees, the minimum requirements of documentation and parental notification, and a limited three-day student suspension.
The Association supports the current limited number of independent charter schools that must be approved by the State Board of Education. Charter schools should not be exempt from safety, student assessment, accountability, transportation, employing fully qualified and certified public educators, nondiscrimination and other essential rules.
The Association believes schools that receive state funds must be held accountable for student success by the same state standards as public schools.
Students have the right to learn in school without undue interference of their education by other students. The Association advocates positive measures to promote a safe learning environment for all children such as the teaching of social skills and conflict resolution.
Substantial independent research shows that a lower number of students in an elementary classroom (PreK – Grade 6) has a profound impact on student learning.
Delayed Kindergarten Entry
The Association supports lowering the mandatory student attendance age as of September 1 from six to five to ensure that all students are involved in a quality educational kindergarten program.