"...teacher wrote into my Web site and said, 'I'm gonna play your song for [other] P.E. teachers,'" reports Gibson, adding that the letter reminding her of her own days behind the monkey bars and her failure to pass the President's Council on Fitness tests in elementary school...."
"...In addition to the $49.3 million in approved bond money, we must spend whatever it takes to rid our schools of mold. The health of our children, children's parents, and the beloved teachers is at risk...."
"...Open Door's mission is to provide day care for children of all abilities. My older son has had children with cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome in his classes, and one of his volunteer teachers uses a wheelchair..."
"...Of this group, only three merit serious consideration for approval, because they address matters of equity: clearing confused land titles in Bastrop County, thereby allowing longtime residents to retain their homesteads (Nos. 1, 17), and allowing teachers to receive payment for public service (No..."
"...It got about $100,000. More general revenue could have meant better teachers' health insurance or greater state employees pay raises, and so on."..."
"...His classroom is his kingdom, he felt; he should get to choose who could and could not sit in on his class. The SWT administration argued that a lot of time had been spent deciding who got to enter the program, that teachers didn't get to just decide willy-nilly who was going to be in the program..."
"...Directed by Dede Clark, this was a different kind of show in that it was presented by the kidsActing company and performed by, you guessed it, kids (aged 7-17). A big musical in an auditorium, kids onstage, great costumes, an audience full of little kids and their shushing teachers, Goldie had promise..."
"...While many "model" or "magnet" schools have the latest equipment and teacher training, this is not the norm. Because computer technology changes rapidly, and poor school districts lag behind in upgrading existing equipment, many schools work with out-of-date technology and/or teachers with inadequate training..."
"...Forgione is planning to focus on the school-to-work program and lead young heads to stir concrete or nail boards, we know how to do that without his help. If a principal's academy is to be opened on the Eastside, try locally raised and schooled teachers, not privileged swingers, and if his plan to coordinate their advancement with UT works, it wouldn't get a leaky merit if the board of regents succeed in bringing an Israel man as Larry Faulkner's successor, pushing us farther back..."
"...He's coming from Iowa. Add their weight to that of the president, football coach, their assistants and others, as a tremendous wedge that pushes the aspirations for promotion of workers, teachers, and staffers farther away..."
"...Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo), which passed on Saturday, will allow Gov. Bush to take credit for "the biggest property tax cut in history." (However, those cuts -- about $60 a year on a house valued at $100,000 -- will probably be erased by rising local property taxes, much like last session's $2 billion "reduction" was.) SB 4 will also provide a fairly substantial ($3,000) pay raise for teachers, who according to several national reports rank 38th among all states in average salary, and 49th when statewide average salaries are taken into account...."
"...THE DONNAS: Class, put down those N'Sync foldouts. I'd like you to meet four new student teachers who just transferred from Palo Alto..."
"...I can't imagine every one of those children have trees at home, because I know not all of them celebrate Christmas. I know from my own experience, at elementary school, that Chanukah was never mentioned when it came to "Christmas" vacation or "What do you want for Christmas?" Due to peer pressure and intimidation of Christmas being heaped upon me (by teachers, too), as a young shy girl I felt embarrassed to admit I didn't "do" Christmas..."
"...He grasps the first straw that comes by, a telephone offer of a job as a permanently temporary (or temporarily permanent) detention-hall teacher in a senior high school (another clue to the state of Walmsley's mind, as this is not your ideal re-entry situation). Students who openly taunt him, knowing he has no recourse, teachers who have long since given up trying to teach, and a principal concerned only with keeping students alive and lawsuits at bay are all part of Walmsley's initiation at the ominously named Donner High..."
"...So it is with the characters in the ongoing drama we call Austin theatre. Each season sees the arrival of actors, directors, designers, playwrights, dancers, technicians, choreographers, patrons, musicians, managers, teachers, critics, and others in our performing arts community, and each season sees the departure of same..."
"..."Because no other government entity anywhere is trying to do what we're doing with music," explains Monahan, "I spend a good deal of time researching the marketing efforts of professional trade associations and the directories they publish. The trick was determining what was needed and what services people expected from their industry, which made looking at the National Association of Music Teachers book as important as ASCAP's."..."
"...5 million for maintenance, operation, and debt service. What will the district do with it all? Accommodate almost 2,000 new students, compensate its teachers a bit better, and launch a number of new initiatives in the curriculum, including putting technology into the classrooms..."
"...That someone could be on the school board, which reflects and responds to certain sources of pressure – the teachers' union, the PTA moms, the usual – but frankly does not channel the breadth and depth of the energies of thousands of vocal activists and engaged citizens, from throughout Austin's socioeconomic spectrum, who have really put their back into fighting for the kids. Why aren't those people better organized to actually guide and power the district forward, instead of haranguing it from outside the walls? Why aren't they running for school board? (Both Rodriguez and Yasmin Wagner ran unopposed in November, not the first time that's happened.) Do we need to pay the school board members? How 'bout we get on that? Choosing Our Own Adventure..."
"...Amid a correctly pronounced chant (“Beh-Toe, Beh-Toe”), O’Rourke emerged onstage and laid out what he says he’ll fight for: LBGTQ rights, increased pay for public school teachers, affordable college options, increased resources and services for military veterans, treating addiction as a medical not criminal issue, universal healthcare, and decriminalizing marijuana. Behind political stances loomed a larger theme, equality – unity...."
"...Rapid housing can only work while all the other pieces are in place. Seattle approved a major grant to fund temporary and permanent housing using the Housing First model, but to pay for it, other programs were cut. Two-year temporary housing services with case management, addiction services, life-skills teachers, bank services, hygiene centers, and others did not have their funding renewed after decades of support, in order to build these new facilities..."
"...This week's Austin action was largely educational – focused on "work and education," said Louis Malfaro, president of the state American Federation of Teachers, one of the unions partnering in the campaign. "Our country has really gotten out of balance," Malfaro said – citing income inequality, school segregation, and the wealthy now explicitly proclaiming that they "don't want to pay for other people's education or health care."..."
"...Praising the former governor, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said White "had the political courage to invest in our children and teachers. He did right by Texans and our great state." Gov..."
"...• The Senate also approved SB 19, by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, which would borrow money from the Health & Human Services Commission to help pay for a $193 million increase to statewide teacher bonuses and a $212 million boost to a health insurance program for retired teachers. – C.H...."
"...The median home price in the Dripping Springs area is approximately $390,000, which poses an affordability problem for service industry workers (and teachers, and firefighters, and custodians, and so on). The lack of affordable housing in Dripping Springs and the ETJ means that the labor pool is extraordinarily shallow..."
"...That's not to say there isn't plenty here to cause alarm to rational Texans, and to confirm the reaction of Mayor Steve Adler that Abbott's shotgun agenda amounts to a "war on cities." Beginning with a cosmetic public school "teacher pay increase" (supposedly to be accomplished without new funding), there will be another run at making it easier to fire those same teachers. "School choice" (i.e., private school vouchers, opposed even by rural Republicans) is in the mix, as are "property tax reform" and "caps on spending" (more attempts to punish local jurisdictions for the state's refusal to fund public schools)...."
"...The "reuse" in the center's name means that when customers drop off potentially hazardous waste that still has value, like half a bottle of Windex, the items are set aside for the public to peruse. The same goes for art supplies like paint and brushes, which are housed in a shed open to self-identified teachers and artists..."
"...I grew up with a very warm and wonderful hippie family. There were so many amazing teachers, friends, spiritual people, and artists..."
"...DonorsChoose.org There is a shameful number of teachers who reach into their back pockets to pay for the books, supplies, the basics that you'd think the budget would cover. Alas, no, but that's why DonorsChoose.org exists..."
"...31 hearing will also see the adoption of a near $1 billion budget for FY 2016, with one of the most important new investments being a long-awaited 3% across-the-board pay increase for all employees. This is a consensus deal, as the board originally proposed a 1.5% raise with an extra 1.5% for more experienced staff, while teachers' union Education Austin was looking for a 5% increase..."
"...Put aside for a moment the always pressing issue of money. According to Texas American Federation of Teachers president Louis Malfaro, there's a chance this session will be remembered for lawmakers turning away from high-stakes assessments..."
"...That's her proposal for a taxpayer savings grant – in other words, a voucher system. In the Campbellverse, this isn't simply a subsidy for rich families to send their kids to private schools, but an escape route for kids fleeing gangs and bad teachers..."
"...Films, books, teachers, and preachers had unthinkingly promised me that the world made sense. Good guys win, love conquers all, and life has meaning..."
"...• On December 2, the Coalition for Public Schools will hold a symposium at the Capitol on the subject private-school vouchers and related policies, as well as research-based alternatives. The free event is billed as a Pre-Legislative Education Symposium; speakers include: Kevin Welner, National Education Policy Center; Julie Fisher Mead, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Luis Huerta, Teachers College, Columbia University; David Anthony, Raise Your Hand Texas; Leslie Boggs,Texas PTA President; Gina Hinojosa, Austin ISD School Board; John Kuhn, Supt., Perrin-Whitt ISD; Allen Weeks, Save Texas Schools; Steven Aleman, Disability Rights Texas..."
"..."It only benefits a few people. We have a lot of kids that go to Davis that can't walk to school." She argues that people need to be more concerned about retaining staff than individual structures, including better starting pay and raises for teachers..."
"...... When they're closing you down because you have too many teachers in the classroom, and they won't allow us to explain how we pay for that number of staff, there's a mistake in your measuring tool."..."
"...Davis wrote, "Abbott has been in court for years, defending overcrowded classrooms, teacher layoffs and public-school closings, and today, Judge John Dietz ruled against him. This ruling underscores the crucial need to invest in education and reminds us of just how much our schools, teachers and students have had to sacrifice over the past three years just to get by."..."
"...At this point, there's no Plan B if either of the propositions fails; Vickers said he presumed there would just have to be some tough decisions. For example, though the board recently agreed in principle to improve pay and working conditions for its adjunct faculty (see "ACC Adjunct Faculty Sees Progress," May 23), the teachers' union, ACC-American Federation of Teachers, has already agreed that some of these changes may have to wait, if the M&O bond fails...."
"...You think people care a lot about their homes – they care a whole lot about their children. And it's just a place where the parents, the teachers, and the entire community comes together for the next generation..."
"...Moreover, while an adjunct teaching three courses is not classified as half time, a lecturer is full time with only five. David Albert, government professor and vice president of adjunct faculty for the ACC chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, said, "It doesn't really pass the smell test ....."
"...Bells and whistles notwithstanding, for many the fundamental role of the library is simply to point out a good read. According to Branch, visitors to the library still see the library staff as literary advisors – hybrids, perhaps, of English teachers and bookstore staffers: "'What are some good things to read? What could I read next?' People are hungry for that information..."
"...On the other side of Loyola Lane from Colony Park, the much newer Agave neighborhood is also involved in the master planning effort. Agave NA president Chasity Larios describes the neighborhood's 400 households as comprised of professors, musicians, chefs, teachers, public employees, and people involved in the tech scene..."
"...AC: Could - and do you hope - that teachers in our Western culture could use the film as a teaching tool?..."
"...Perry and our legislative leaders. His ruling that our schools are not adequately funded is an indictment of the current leadership's failure to safeguard our children's education and Texas' economic future. Judge Dietz's decision echoes concerns that I have heard from parents and teachers in my district and across the state. As a result of his ruling I believe the Legislature now has a constitutional obligation this session to restore the cuts it made to our schools."..."
"...Gov. Rick Perry has already suggested that one potential response to school shootings would be arming more teachers; and on Tuesday – the day the Commissioners Court discussed the idea of banning gun shows at the Expo Center – Attorney General (and likely gubernatorial candidate) Greg Abbott offered this to his Twitter followers: "If Austin or Travis Co..."
"...Biggest donors Austin Kids First: $30,081 ($12,500 each to Pietruszynski and Guzman, $5,081 to Elenz.) Education Austin PAC: $17,000 ($9,000 to Hinojosa, $5,000 to Teich, $2,000 to Mathias, $1,000 to Charlie Jackson) Texas State Teachers Association PAC: $3,000 ($2,500 to Hinojosa, $500 to Mathias.)..."
"...This leaves his Center City district seat (centered around Austin High School) open. One candidate, outgoing Austin Council of Parent-Teachers Association president Amber Elenz, has already launched a campaign website...."
"...When Marroquín, on her lunch break in the teachers' lounge at Widen Elementary, received the phone call that said she had cancer, she was just a few weeks from performing her piece "So Far Ago." In shock, she had to decide whether to cancel the performance – both she and her partner, Frank Yezer, knew that no one else could fill the personal role she'd created with him. She considered delaying her mastectomy until afterward, even though one doctor, she remembers, said, "Nobody is going to tell you to wait." But she did wait..."
"...Moreover, she may find herself challenged on some of the political realities of Austin life and AISD in particular. In her launch speech, she also railed against high property taxes: Be interesting to see where she will stand when AISD comes back to the voters for the inevitable tax rollback election they'll need to give staff and teachers a well-overdue pay raise...."
"...Of course, this leaves many unanswered questions, like how the administration managed to squirrel away an extra $31.5 million in its fund balance since August 2010 while pleading poverty to the board. More pressingly, as trustee Robert Schneider asked Carstarphen, how long can the district use its savings to cover future shortfalls? According to district Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley-Abram, this would be a one-off deal: If the board wants to avoid future cuts or give teachers a long-overdue pay raise, it will need to ask voters for a tax rollback election...."
"...5) No Gold STAAR at TEA Teachers had been expecting the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness for five years. Yet by the beginning of the school year, the Texas Education Agency had failed to provide even the simplest outlines, leaving them teaching to a test no one had seen...."