Proposed state anti-teacher bill could put an end to payroll deduction

Proposed state anti-teacher bill could put an end to payroll deduction
Educators Kim (left) and Ginger (right) discuss the new bill. (Source: KTRE)
Educators Kim (left) and Ginger (right) discuss the new bill. (Source: KTRE)

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A new bill proposed at the state capitol is stirring a lot of controversy.

If passed, Senate Bill 13, also known as the anti-teacher bill, would limit payroll deductions prohibiting deductions for professional educator groups.

The legislation would potentially discourage teachers from joining these professional groups.  As a result, this will drive down numbers if payroll deduction is cut.

"We feel like the reason they're targeting teachers is because they don't want our voice to be heard," said Ginger Franks, regional representative to the Association of Texas Professional Educators group.

Critics of the bill say the dues help educators have a voice at the state level through their associations.

"It's OK for me to payroll deduct my gym membership. It's OK to payroll deduct my United Way contribution. I can payroll deduct all sorts of things, but all of a sudden the legislator doesn't want me to be able to payroll deduct to my professional organization," said Kim Dolese, assistant principal at Nacogdoches High School.

Dolese said payroll deduction helps teachers not think about paying their dues when the money is automatically taken out.

As the news impacts professionals across Texas, educators want to know why this bill came at such a time.

"Our main goal, and all of the organizations, is to make sure teachers are prepared, to make sure we advocate for public education and to make sure we protect our employment rights," Dolese said.

More than 60 teachers will voice their concerns on the Senate floor Monday at a hearing.

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