AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate's education committee is holding hearings on how the state prepares people to be teachers and principals in public schools.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has asked the committee to investigate both traditional and alternative certification programs. Specifically, senators want to know what the state can do to recruit high-quality teachers and keep them in Texas.
Friday's hearing comes the day after parents staged a mock bake sale outside the Capitol to raise $1 billion for public schools. Last year the Republican-controlled Legislature cut $4 billion in spending for public schools, the first such cut since World War II. That has forced school districts to lay-off teachers across the state.
Conservative Republicans argue that schools do no spend money wisely. Democrats say teachers are not getting enough financial support.