Texas lawmakers are currently embroiled in a heated debate over a wide range of proposals, including arming educators, implementing school voucher-like programs, and providing raises for teachers. As the 88th legislative session reaches its midway point, The Dallas Morning News’ Education Lab is convening a virtual discussion with educators and advocates to delve into how the decisions made in the Capitol could impact children, teachers, and schools.
During the live conversation, panelists, including Dallas schools Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde, the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ Director of Government Relations Monty Exter, and former schools superintendent and executive director of the Texas School Alliance HD Chambers, will analyze and dissect the proposed policies.
While some of the bills aim to address challenges faced by schools, such as improving teacher quality, lifting book bans, and establishing a curriculum for teaching history, others are more contentious. For example, some proposals would permit families to utilize taxpayer funds to pay for private school tuition, revamp the funding system for community colleges, and prohibit diversity, equity, and inclusion programs within state agencies.
With so much at stake, the discussion promises to be lively and informative. The virtual chat will be broadcast live on The News’ Facebook page at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, providing an excellent opportunity to learn more about the potential implications of these proposals for Texas students and educators alike.