KYTX - The well-being of students and teachers is one of the top priorities for Texas lawmakers. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has plans for 2017, hoping to see them implemented. Those plans could make a difference in schools.
One of those bills if called 'School Choice'. Legislation would ensure parents the option to send their child to a school they believe is best for them.
Since the debate about transgender men and women using public restrooms surfaced, the Lt. Gov. responded with another bill, 'the women's privacy act'.
That means women and girls "should have privacy and safety in their restrooms, showers and locker rooms." Patti Maxwell from PFLAG says otherwise.
"I feel like if you're going to the restroom, you're going to the restroom," Maxwell said.
Maxwell said she tried to look at the act from another perspective, but believes it would do more harm than good.
"I'm afraid it's going to be one more thing to cause a division amongst our population," Maxwell said.
Lastly, the Texas Education Agency has seen an increase in teacher-student relationships. On October, 2016, a Lufkin teacher resigned after her arrest on a charge of improper relationship with a student.
Patrick wants to enforce better training requirements and establish appropriate penalties. Something college students who are studying to be teachers agree on.
"I think they should get their license removed" Stephanie Cangasi said. "They shouldn't be around children."
Any of these bills could be in effect in 2017. PFLAG member Patti Maxwell said she hopes Patrick will keep an open mind and talk to more people.
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