Texas Aspires Responds to Frivolous Lawsuit Filed by National Teachers Unions

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This morning, leaders from the state’s two nationally affiliated teacher unions announced a lawsuit meant to bar local leaders from partnering with charter schools, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations to improve schools. The move marks the latest in a string of union attempts to undermine the state’s efforts to make sweeping changes aimed at improving student performance in Texas.

“Senate Bill 1882 was a huge step forward in Texas; it provides needed resources to communities ready to think outside the box,” explained Texas Aspires Chairman Michael Williams. “Texas legislators were right to see a need for change in Texas public schools, and members of both parties were right to file, and vote overwhelmingly for, SB 1882.”

Senate Bill 1882, authored by Senators José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) and Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), was passed in 2017. The bill’s House companion was filed by Representative Linda Koop (R-Richardson) who also sponsored SB 1882 as it made its way through the House. Seven Democrats and twelve Republicans signed on to those bills during the legislative process. SB 1882 was nearly unanimously passed in both chambers.

“State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have repeatedly praised the work of Commissioner Morath on his performance leading the Texas Education Agency. It is beyond a stretch to claim TEA’s rulemaking is not a faithful extension of lawmakers’ legislative intent,” said Texas Aspires’ executive director, Will Fullerton. “Local community leaders and educators across the state are already hard-at-work transforming the schools that will shape our future with supports provided by SB 1882. And rather than focusing on the hard work of changing our state’s educational landscape, union leaders in cahoots with powerful national organizations are playing a game of smoke and mirrors. It’s not the right thing to do, and it ultimately hurts Texas students.”

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For any media inquiries, contact Cameron Petty at (512) 277-4737 or cameron@texasaspires.org.

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