News Updates: Deukmajian vetoes CAP, Other Education Measures; Texas Teacher Groups Press

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Mr. Deukmejian said the $9 million in the bill for the cap program should come from funds protected by the state's Proposition 98 education-funding guarantee, rather than from other state revenues.

The Governor earlier had removed the cap funds from the budget approved by the legislature in the summer, after which lawmakers moved to restore funding through a new bill.

The cap program tests 3rd-, 6th-, 8th-, and 12th-grade students in reading, writing, mathematics, and other subjects each year.

In other action on measures approved by the legislature during its 1990 session, Mr. Deukmejian vetoed measures that would have:

Required all students to take aids-prevention classes at least once in both middle school and high school.

Established a savings-bond program for college expenses.

Created the nation's first loan-assumption program for prospective early-childhood educators.

The bill would have given 50 students a year the chance to have up to $2,000 in college loans repaid if they agreed to teach, or $4,000 if they agreed to supervise for two years in a licensed early-childhood program.

Called for guidelines for screening students in grades 4-12 for cholesterol.

Mr. Deukmejian signed, however, legislation providing a tax credit of $1,000 for families with incomes of up to $40,000 a year in which a parent stayed home to care for an infant.

Four organizations that represent Texas teachers have sued the state to force it to proceed with a process for designating "master teachers," the highest rating of the state's career-ladder program.

In a lawsuit filed last month, the Texas State Teachers Association, the Texas Federation of Teachers, the Association of Texas Professional Educators, and the Texas Classroom Teachers Association accused the education department of stalling in the development of an oral examination that is one of the tests to be used to judge teachers for placement on the career ladder's highest rung beginning this school year.

Commissioner of Education William N. Kirby called the teacher groups' accusation "irresponsible." A spokesman for the education department said the examination was not developed because the legislature did not appropriate the approximately $850,000 needed to create it.

Instead, lawmakers passed a bill during their last session eliminating the required oral examination. Some provisions of the law were challenged by the Association of Texas Professional Educators, however, and the measure was overturned by the state supreme court.

The written examination required for teachers who wish to be designated as "masters" has been developed and will be offered next month.

Vol. 10, Issue 06

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories





Sponsor Insights

Vocabulary Development for Striving Readers

Free Ebook: How to Implement a Coding Program in Schools

Successful Intervention Builds Student Success

Effective Ways to Support Students with Dyslexia

Stop cobbling together your EdTech

Integrate Science and ELA with Informational Text

Can self-efficacy impact growth for ELLs?

Disruptive Tech Integration for Meaningful Learning

Building Community for Social Good

5 Resources on the Power of Interoperability from Unified Edtech

New campaign for UN World Teachers Day

5 Game-Changers in Today’s Digital Learning Platforms

Hiding in Plain Sight - 7 Common Signs of Dyslexia in the Classroom

The research: Reading Benchmark Assessments

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

All Students Are Language Learners: The Imagine Learning Language Advantage™

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

How to Support All Students with Equitable Pathways

2019 K-12 Digital Content Report

3-D Learning & Assessment for K–5 Science

Climate Change, LGBTQ Issues, Politics & Race: Instructional Materials for Teaching Complex Topics

Closing the Science Achievement Gap

Evidence-based Coaching: Key Driver(s) of Scalable Improvement District-Wide

Advancing Literacy with Large Print

Research Sheds New Light on the Reading Brain

Tips for Supporting English Learners Through Personalized Approaches

Response to Intervention Centered on Student Learning

The Nonnegotiable Attributes of Effective Feedback

SEE MORE Insights >