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Some superintendents purposely withheld teacher survey info

We're learning more about why some educators didn't fill out a statewide survey on school working conditions.  Last week, we told folks the deadline to take the "TELL Texas" survey was extended because teacher participation had been so low. 

Then educators started coming forward, saying they never got the information on how to take the survey.  And now, some superintendents say they didn't share that info on purpose.

Anthony Price, the Superintendent at Rosebud Lott ISD, says he and some other administrators in our region think the survey on school working conditions is a political issue.

They thought the information gathered would be used against them so they didn't provide teachers with the necessary codes to take take the survey. 

Whitney ISD superintendent Gene Solis also admitted that his district chose not to participate.  He wouldn't elaborate, but did say it was not for political reasons.

Leaders at the Texas Education Agency weren't happy when we shared this news with them.  They say the survey was supposed to give teachers a voice.

TEA spokesperson Lauren Callahan says, "We did want honest answers because we know there are always areas to improve and we want to make sure that we are keeping good teachers in Texas. We want to make sure they want to stay here and that this is a good environment for them and we need to hear from them to be able to do that."

The lawmaker who sponsored the bill behind the TELL Texas survey is also disappointed.  Representative Mike Villarreal says, "This survey was a unique opportunity to ask teachers to tell leaders what they need to do their jobs well... It's troubling to hear that some school administrators did not take seriously their legislative obligation to allow teachers an opportunity to respond." 

Even though administrators were mandated by law to provide teachers with the necessary information to take the survey, that law doesn't outline any repercussions for those who didn't.

Click here for the Texas Association of School Administrators' official statement on the TELL Texas Survey
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