TCTA president visits in Crockett
Houston County Courier
Brad Willingham, president of Texas Classroom Teachers Association recently met in Crockett with members of the Crockett TCTA. Willingham is traveling the state, meeting with TCTA chapters and reporting on the current budget and education crisis that is gripping the state. The 31-year teaching veteran told the assembled educators that TCTA continues to work at the state level to minimize cuts to education and their impact on instruction. He encouraged the teachers to communicate with elected representatives to offer their insight regarding both state and local budget issues. Willingham added that local teachers should make themselves available to the school board to provide input on budget considerations and other matters that impacts the education of children. “Teachers are on the frontline, in the trenches,” Willingham said. “You’re the ones in the classroom working with the students. If anyone knows what is needed and not needed in education, you do.” At the meeting’s conclusion, Elizabeth Burke, president of Crockett Classroom Teachers Association, presented Willingham with an appreciation gift of a Davy Crockett coonskin hat. “I love it,” Willingham said, laughing, as he put on the coonskin hat. “I always wanted one of these as a kid and never got one.” Willingham currently is on professional leave of absence from his teaching position in Dallas ISD as he fulfills his one-year term as TCTA state president.