FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Erin Wilson Thursday, September 15, 2022 Erin.Wilson@senate.texas.gov
Chairman Creighton announces the Texas Teacher Bill of Rights and Texas Parental Bill of Rights
“To ensure that Texas continues to lead the nation, we must prioritize our students, our teachers, and their families.”
Austin, Texas–Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), Chair of Senate Education has announced two top priorities for the 88th Legislative Session.
“I have met with educators, administrators and parents from El Paso to Beaumont, and while our state is diverse, everyone agrees that the future begins in the classroom, said Creighton. “To ensure that Texas continues to lead the nation, we must prioritize our students, our teachers and their families. Today, I am announcing a Teacher Bill of Rights and Parental Bill of Rights that I will pursue during the 88th Legislative Session.”
The Texas Teacher Bill of Rights includes common-sense reforms to give Texas educators a voice and additional influence within their schools and their districts. These measures include safety protections, compensation incentives, and assurance that they can speak up for themselves and their students without retaliation.
“As a parent, and a product of Texas public schools, I know our excellent teachers must feel appreciated, protected, and valued, and the creation of the Texas Teacher Bill of Rights is the first of its kind in the nation. This initiative will assure our educators, in a time when many of them are considering leaving the profession, that their voices matter, and their contribution to the next generation of Texans is valued.”
The Texas Parental Bill of Rights increases transparency and access, empowering parents as active participants in their children’s education. This proposal will put Texas parents in the driver’s seat for their children’s education. The Parental Bill of Rights will ensure parents have access to their child’s curriculum and reading materials, power over their personal health and safety matters, and an open line of communication with teachers and administration.
“Parental involvement is the most significant indicator for student success, and it is time that Texas parents are empowered to play an active role in their child’s education. Whether it is a safety issue on campus, or appropriate library materials, Texas parents and taxpayers deserve to know that their child’s best interest is top priority.”
Creighton will roll out these proposals in the Senate Committee on Education during the 88th Legislative Session. Since being named Chair earlier this year, Senator Creighton has met with hundreds of teachers, parents, students, safety officers and administrators across the state for input and recommendations to ensure student success.