Bill Text: TX SCR39 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced

Bill Title: Urging Congress to reduce the amount of paperwork required of teachers by federal law.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2017-03-22 - Referred to Education [SCR39 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-SCR39-Introduced.html
  85R13803 KSM-D
  By: Burton S.C.R. No. 39
         WHEREAS, The amount of paperwork required by federal and
  state education agencies causes an undue burden on teachers,
  especially those in special education, whose time and efforts would
  be better spent focused on the needs of their students; and
         WHEREAS, Countless teachers pursue a career in education
  because they want to make a meaningful difference in the lives of
  children; federal requirements, however, impede that worthwhile
  goal by overwhelming educators who are working hard to create
  lesson plans, grade assignments, and give individualized attention
  to pupils and their parents; by adding unmanageable and often
  redundant paperwork to already overloaded schedules, the
  government creates a disincentive for teachers to remain in their
  chosen field; and
         WHEREAS, The IDEA Paperwork Reduction Act of 2002, which the
  United States Congress failed to pass, aimed to reduce overall
  paperwork for teachers by more than 50 percent by eliminating
  redundancies between federal and state agencies and using
  technology to create a more streamlined process; these proposals
  are worthy of reconsideration in order to improve the inefficient
  and onerous system currently in place; and
         WHEREAS, Our best educators serve as role models, motivators,
  listeners, and mentors, and it is incumbent on the government to
  promote efficiency and quality in our education system by
  eliminating unnecessary paperwork and allowing teachers to focus on
  their students; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby respectfully urge the United States Congress to reduce the
  amount of paperwork required of teachers by federal law; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
  the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of
  Representatives of the United States Congress, and to all the
  members of the Texas delegation to Congress with the request that
  this resolution be entered in the Congressional Record as a
  memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.