TREA is preparing for the 86th Legislative Session which is shaping up to be one of the most important in several years.
We have engaged Mr. Jerod Patterson to be our Legislative Consultant. Mr. Patterson is a very successful legislative consultant who has guided many successful Legislative campaigns and is very well connected in both the House and Senate.
TREA’s Legislative Committee, chaired by Dr. John Booth, Superintendent at DeKalb ISD has been active in developing our Legislative Agenda for the session.
In December the appointed school finance commission will release its report to the Texas Legislature. Of our chief concerns with that report, is the diminishment of both the small and mid-size adjustment to deal with the diseconomy of scale.
We will work hard to keep that from happening by uniting with other like-minded associations and through our own efforts.
The other issue we are focused on is the serious rural problem of recruiting and retaining teachers in rural Texas.
TREA has been successful in both helping pass legislation important to rural schools. We have also been able to assist the defeat of bad legislation.
TREA will be asking our members to respond by contacting their respective legislative members on important issues as they have in the past.
Don Rogers, Ed.D.