Homehttps://server7.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/sruj/smyrwpoii/p2/UShttps://server7.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/sruj/smyrwpoii/p2/Everywhere in the United States, teachers protested and won. Now some lawmakers are accusing justice
Everywhere in the United States, teachers protested and won. Now some lawmakers are accusing justice
That's what Union leaders are worried about as legislators are considering new bills in states where teachers protested.
In a single state, teachers could lose their certifications permanently to leave. In another, anyone who closes the school for a protest may be fined $ 5,000.
"These cynical bills were written in one goal: to reciprocate against educators and the societies that stood up for public education during walkouts," said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Teachers' Union.
But Arizona State GOP Rep. Kelly Townsend, who introduced several new bills that would affect teachers, said this is not about revenge.
"Revenge is not the correct word," she said. "A better way to say this is that these bills are in response to the things we've seen over the past year."
Here's a look at some of the new bills all over the country ̵
1; and how they could affect teachers in the future:
West Virginia would make it harder to beat
What teachers did: This is where it all began. West Virginia teachers had no idea their strike in February 2018 would spark a four-storm of teacher walkouts and strikes across the country.
With an average salary of $ 45,642, teachers demanded better salaries and improvements to their emblem health plan.
After 9 days of strike, Republican Governor Jim Justice agreed to raise 5% for teachers. He also issued a notice in order to create a long-term turnaround for public employees' insurance programs.
What Happens Now: This week, the senators in West Virginia consisted of Senate Bill 451, also known as the omnibus education bill.
Critics say the long, sweeping bill combines traveling with things that teachers do not want. For example:
– Withholding teachers' wages every day, they hit if the strike causes a school shutdown. The bill also prohibits teachers from using any of their personal holidays to strike.
"The strike changes stem from the public scream for the teachers' responsibility," said the GOP state Sen. Rollan Roberts, one of the bill's sponsors. "If the teachers strike, they will not be paid for the days unless measures are taken to actually work at the same time at a later date."
– Put public dollars against charter or private school education. If the bill passes, West Virginia can get the first charter school for the first time. It would also create a savings account program that would allow households to make under $ 150,000 a year to seek public funding to pay for private schooling, guidance, online learning programs, or other education costs.
Weingarten beat the bill as "retaliation" and said it links the teachers' lift with the effort to make it harder to strike. She said the bill does not solve the state's "chronic under-funding of public education" and promotes privatization instead.
But Republican Patricia Rucker, chairman of the State Senate Committee Education Committee, said the teachers will get their lift no matter what.
"First of all, the extra 5% increase for teachers and school staff has been promised and will be delivered no matter what we can do at this time to reform our state's education system," Rucker wrote to CNN.
Regarding public charter schools and education accounts, Rucker said that both would provide families with more education options.
"To say that there are just more opportunities for children throughout the state of West Virginia, the retaliatory misinformed is at best," she said. "There is no retribution involved in having every student in West Virginia have the best chance of succeeding based on his or her own needs."
Another co-sponsor of the bill said there is good reason to combine the teachers' boost with other reforms in the bill.
"Bundling the bill is a strategy for speeding up the legislation than letting the separate components turn down and failing," Roberts said.
SB 451 is now headed to the state's delegate house.
So what if it gets law? Will teachers go on strike again?
"It's an opportunity," said Fred Albert, president of AFT's West Virginia chapter.
Arizona would prohibit talking about "any controversial issue" that was not relevant to the class
What teachers did: Educators went out of the thousands last year and demanded a 20% increase for teachers in The school year 2018-19 and annual trips then until Arizona's teacher salaries reached the national average.
Teachers wanted education funding to be restored to pre-recession levels in 2008 and did not require any new tax cuts until student spending reached the national average.
After six days of protests, the Arizona teachers completed their walkout after the governor signed a law on education law.
The measure, called the "# 20×2020" plan, raised teachers' salaries by 20% over three years. The new law also increased funding for support staff, new textbooks, upgraded technology and infrastructure that would help offset recession-era cuts.
What is happening now: Lawmakers are not just considering one house bill involving teachers – they are considering more:
– HB 2002 would ban certified primary school teachers to "engage in political, ideological or religious advocates in their classrooms. " It also says that teachers cannot introduce "any controversial issue that is not clear to the subject of the course or subject being taught." Violators may be subjected to punishment until termination.
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" The majority of complaints are about Trump-bashing and Trump promotion, as well as the disappearance of a political party or the other, "Finchem said.
But since the bill would ban talk about "any controversial problem" that was not related to classroom instruction, what should teachers say about students asking them about possible future walkouts?
"I would urge truthfulness, an answer like" I can't comment on something that hasn't happened, "Finchem said." If you're asked for the fact, an answer like: & # 39; I can't comment on personal decisions in this environment. & # 39; "
– HB 2016 says school district or charter school teachers" must not harass, scare or harm any parent, student, or other public school employee. "Violations can lead to suspension or termination.
" Over the past year, I have received numerous reports from other teachers as well as students who have experienced problems, and this law is meant to solve it, "Townsend said. introduced the bill.
– HB 2017 would impose a fine of up to $ 5,000 for anyone who causes a school to close when students are in class. (Exceptions include closures to bad weather, floods, fires, "an epidemic of disease or insect pest" and other threats to student safety.) There is no exception for teacher expiry and protests.
– HB 2018 would allow any legislator to call State offender lawyer to investigate alleged illegality of a school district or district worker.
Such a misdemeanor may include teacher attacks that "are not already lawful," said Townsend. last year found a loophole.
Townsend wrote the bill after learning about "an organized effort to close schools" for the walkout, she said.
"Teachers called themselves sick, substitutes were assigned, and then morning off, they canceled their sick calls that canceled the substitution teacher and then called sick again just before class, creating a situation where there were not enough adults to open. School sure, "Townsend said.
Teachers who went to school "found the doors locked," she said.
"My bill would close the kind of loophole that allowed the closure of schools this way," Townsend said. "If HB2018 were to pass, a lawyer would be able to refer this action to the Justice Minister for investigation."
While the bill's authors say these measures would improve the education, the Arizona Education Association leader said he believes they are reluctant.
"It is really unfortunate that instead of focusing on Arizona's vacancy crisis … a few legislators introduced several bills this session in order to chalk the voice of teachers and other education support people," said AEA President Joe Thomas, a community study teacher.
He said last year's expulsion was successful because it secured more resources for the schools. But these bills don't.
"They wrote the bills as direct retribution for our successful efforts in the spring. No one addresses the teacher crisis. No help to increase our school funding to what (it) was in 2008 (we are $ 700 million lower now). No one wants to pass. "
Oklahoma would permanently ban any teacher who goes out
Which teachers did: Like West Virginia, teachers in Oklahoma ranked in the lower three states for teachers' salaries. Some Oklahoma teachers worked nearly 10 years before cracking $ 40,000.
But the fight was not just about traveling. Oklahoma teachers went on to demand more school funding, as some high school students read from textbooks as old as they were. Sometimes 70 students had to share 25 textbooks.
Shortly before the end, Gov. Mary Fallin averaged $ 6,100 for teachers, $ 1,250 for support staff, and $ 50 million in training finance – fractions of what teachers wanted.
So hundreds of teachers flooded the state's capital for nine days. But lawmakers did not jump. The exit ended without additional means beyond what the governor approved.
What happens now: Oklahoma House Bill 2214 would make it illegal for teachers to go out and protest again.
But HB 2214 does not stop there – it would also permanently revoke certifications of teachers who break the rule, preventing them from teaching the state again.
Bill's Author, State GOP Rep. Todd Russ said the most important point is to ensure that children do not suffer from a disorder in their education.
"Students deserve to be in their classrooms, learn and prepare their next class and their next phase of life," said Russ.
He said the new bill sets a loophole in the existing law. It's already illegal for teachers to strike in Oklahoma.
But last year's protest was a "walkout" – not a "strike".
In Oklahoma, a strike occurs when teachers protest against a school board while they are in school.
But for last year's "walkout", many teachers told their administrators that they would be absent. It forced some school districts to cancel classes, as there would not be enough teachers in the schools.
And because many schools were closed, teachers could protest against the capital without punishment.
Russ said the Oklahoma Education Association skirted the law and he will prevent it from happening again.
"Like air traffic control operators and other associations that may not strike on the grounds of third party security or welfare, teacher associations also understood when House Bill 1017 existed in the 1990s that it would be illegal for them to strike again for reasons. of the disturbance in the classrooms, "he said.
"Thus the foundation of the new language."
In its new bill, it states: "It must be illegal for the training council or school district staff … to strike or threaten to strike or otherwise close schools or disrupt school activities as a means of resolving differences with the Board of Education, the Ministry of Education, the Education Council, the Legislature or any other public official or public authority. "
But the OEA president said she believes the bill is" retaliation "for last year's expulsion. Alicia Priest said that students did not miss much education because some districts added missing days to the end of the school year.
She said it was the threat of a walkout that asked lawmakers to give schools more funding.
Had teachers banned going out, she said, "we would not have gotten the rise for our students we achieved."