ISSUE

Senate Bill 28 would remove the power of local governments and the State Board of Education to limit the expansion of charter schools. It would allow charter schools to site their campuses wherever and whenever they want, without local government oversight or review by the State Board of Education.

Senate Bill 1365 gives wide discretion to the Texas Education Agency to take over not only the Houston Independent School District board, but any board cited for poor performance in a few of their schools. No state take over has ever improved a school district! Taking away local control is not something the legislature should do just to appease charter school chains or a few state officials.

Both of these bills are by Senator Bettencourt. They would especially affect low-income areas served by school districts threatened by expanding charter schools and school board takeovers.

CONTACT THE COMMITTEE AND YOUR SENATOR

Every Texan can contact all the members of the Senate Education committee (phone numbers below), as well as their own senator, and urge them to oppose SB 28 and SB 1365.

(There is a committee hearing on Thursday (3/25) at 9 AM, but you can call anytime over the next few days.)

You can say

Hello, my name is _____. I live in ________ and my zip code is ______. I want the senator to oppose two Senate bills, SB 28 and SB 1365.

SB 28 would limit the power of local governments and the State Board of Education to oversee and control the expansion and siting of charter school chains.

SB 1365 would give TEA the ability to take over any school board cited for poor performance based on a few campus ratings–not just Houston ISD. No state take over has ever improved a school district!

The legislature shouldn’t take away local control just to appease charter school chains or a few state officials!

Please oppose both SB 28 and SB 1365. Thank you.

You can record that you made a call in our CTA Tracker!


Senate Education Committee

  • Chair: Sen Larry Taylor, 512-463-0111
  • Vice-Chair: Sen Eddie Lucio, 512-463-0127
  • Member: Sen Paul Bettencourt, 512-463-0107
  • Sen Bob Hall, 512-463-2880
  • Sen Brian Hughes, 512-463-0101
  • Sen Jose Menendez, 512-463-0126
  • Sen Angela Paxton, 512-463-0108
  • Sen Charles Perry, 512-463-0128
  • Sen Beverly Powell, 512-463-0110
  • Sen Charles Schwertner, 512-463-0105
  • Sen Royce West, 512-463-0123

To contact your state senator, find out who represents you here. Then find the contact info for your state senator here:

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