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HOPE TRS (2)

HOPE TRS (2)

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 Hispanics Organized for Political Education
 
TX HOPE OFFICERSTX HOPE CHAIR Joe Cardenas IIITX HOPE CO-CHAIR Hector FloresTREASURER Mary RamosPARLIAMENTARIANRay ManceraSECRETARYHerlinda GarciaEDUCATION CHAIR Velma YbarraTX HOPE MEMBERS OFTHE BOARD
Austin
 
- Linda Chavez-Cynthia Valadez-Mata Jr.
 
Dallas
- Hector Flores- Bea Martinez-Rene Martinez-Domingo Garcia
El Paso
 
- Ray Mancera- Virginia Tena
Fort Worth
 -
Hector Carrillo
Garland
 -
Koni Kaiwi
Houston
- Mary Almendarez- Rick Dovalina
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Herlinda Garcia- Al Maldonado- Mary Ramos
 
Odessa
 
- Carol Uranga
 
San Antonio
 
- Angie Garcia- Velma Ybarra
San Angelo
 
- Elma Jacques
 
Seguin
- Paul Castillo- Gloria Sasser 
Victoria
 
-Mary Lou Canales
April 23, 2013Honorable Representatives,Texas HOPE is a state-wide organization whose mission is to better educate andinform the Latino community of those issues that will have an impact on the well-beingof the community. HB 1884, and its companion bill SB 1458, if passed, will have anegative ripple effect on our education system; currently Latinos make-up 51% of allstudents in public education while Latinos also make-up 38% of the general public inTexas of which 50% is under the age of 18; clearly the future of Texas is in the hands of the Latino community that will need to be better educated and informed on the issues inorder to cast informed votes in future elections. The board of directors of Texas HOPE iscategorically against HB 1884 and SB 1458 because they will have a negative impact onthe financial well-being of school districts throughout the state that will further impact thefinancial availability of funds for programs and/or staff.Both HB 1884 and SB 1458 seek to cut already earned TRS retirement benefits, anaction that would be illegal if in the private sector. The passage of these bills that willimpact about half of all persons who contribute to TRS is tantamount to changing therules in mid-game! Clearly, the sensible and moral course of action would be to phase inchanges over a long period of time so that those already in the system are not cheated.Many participants in TRS have planned accordingly based on the current rules, and nowthey are to scrap those plans, and resign themselves to wait until they are at least 62 yearsof age. That is not fair, nor ethical!Furthermore, in a profession where it is increasing difficult to recruit the bestcandidates for teaching and where 50% of new teachers leave the profession within 3years, it absolutely makes no sense to further alienate those persons who might bethinking of a career in teaching. In order to have quality education, the system must also be able to attract the best possible candidates for teaching. Truly our children aredeserving of a quality education where quality teachers teach for the intrinsic value of learning, but we as a state have a responsibility to the fair compensation of that service.Surely, no one will argue that teachers do a lot with less; let us not compound the burdenfor the profession by failing to act in a just and moral manner.Respectfully Submitted,Joe Cárdenas IIITexas HOPE Chairman

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