Education Bill Draws Praise & Criticism

Apr 21, 2015

Credit Mollie Bryant

It's a double edged sword for education in Texas, Senate passed a bill that legislators say should improve educator training but critics argue that it could reduce teacher’s ability to earn to higher wages.

Senate bill 893, authored by state Senator Kel Seliger of Amarillo would allow Texas Education Agency to create an annual evaluation system that includes students’ academic performance data to measure a teacher’s effectiveness.

According to Amarillo.com reporter Mollie Bryant, Teacher advocacy organizations have expressed concerns that the proposed appraisals could tie salaries and evaluations to standardized test scores.