AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas State Senate has approved a bill that would extend some teacher contract deadlines.
The senate says the purpose behind Dallas Democratic Senator Royce West’s bill is giving teachers and school districts more time so they can see what the state is going to do with education funding. It’s now through the Senate and on the way to the House.
“It gives the teachers that are non-renewed additional time to decide if they’re going to ask for a hearing,” says West.
West hopes with that additional time that some of those jobs will be saved as the budget picture becomes clearer. “The budgets will start taking shape in the next couple of weeks. You’ll know what the House is going to do and what the Senate is going to do, so school districts will be better able to plan.” He’s hoping that the House will act fast enough that the Governor could sign the bill before April 1.