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Beaumont teachers ask Education Commissioner to block RIF
BEAUMONT/AUSTIN - from Texas State Teachers Association
The Beaumont Teachers Association today asked the state education commissioner to block a proposed reduction in force that could cost the jobs of more than 200 teachers and other employees in the Beaumont
Independent School District.
In a petition filed with Commissioner Michael Williams, the Texas State Teachers Association, acting on behalf of its Beaumont affiliate, said the Beaumont ISD school board violated state law in declaring a financial exigency, or emergency, to carry out the RIF.
There is no legitimate basis for declaring a financial exigency, said Greg Sholl, president of the Beaumont Teachers Association. Beaumont ISDs financial problems are the result of mismanagement, but the district
leadership is trying to make educators and students pay for the districts mistakes, and that is not right.
The teachers petition said the Beaumont school board, in declaring the financial exigency, violated the Texas Education Code by:
Failing to demonstrate that Beaumont ISD has experienced a decrease of more than 20 percent in unassigned general fund balance per student in weighted average daily attendance over the past two
Failing to meet any of the state education commissioners minimum standards concerning school district financial conditions that must exist for declaration of a financial exigency as set out in the Texas
The proposed layoffs would hurt more than BISD employees, Sholl said. Eliminating these jobs would force students into more crowded classrooms and harm our local economy.