Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas on April 20, 1984 · 10
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Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas · 10

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Friday, April 20, 1984
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A10 Austin American-Statesman on Friday, April 20, 1984 School FromAi called in late May or early June. Although teacher groups praised the Intent of the panel report, they said there was not enough money for pay raises. Dale Young, president of Texas State Teachers Association, said, "Without a pay raise last year, we're really not compensating experienced teachers enough." White said he would propose a detailed plan to round out the sketchy pay proposal approved Thursday. He also said he was optimistic that he could keep a campaign promise to give teachers a 24 percent pay raise spread over two years. "I THINK WE have dollars in the proposal which will be far greater than what we sought a year ago," said White, referring to his losing effort to get the Legislature to approve teacher pay raises. "But let's be very careful. The money is available, but how the Legislature deals with it remains to be seen," he said. The committee earmarked $350 million of the $1 billion proposal for compensation in budget year 1985, which begins this fall. But members said much of the $400 million in equalization funds also would go for salaries. The equalization aid is designed to address inequities in state aid between poor and rich school districts. "THERE'S NO guarantee that money will go for raises," said Betty Pyle, president of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association. "It's likely to go for extra personnel." Ed Small, member of the Austin school board and a committee member, said the pay plan of the panel would put tremendous presJ sure on Austin school taxes. "The fact we pay over the minimum (state salary) and hire additional teachers will affect us," he said. Small voted for the plan, however. The committee made only a few changes from the preliminary proposal, which was approved last month and was judged too expensive by most lawmakers. But the committee amended a proposal to limit class sizes in elementary schools. At first the committee wanted to limit classes to 15 students in the first four grades, but that would cost $1 billion. THE COMMITTEE agreed Thursday to limit classes in the first two grades to 20 students through 1988, then install the same limits through the first four grades. The committee dropped a proposal to require every school district to provide education to 4-year-olds at the parents' option. Instead, the committee earmarked $53 million in 1985 for p re-kindergarten classes for an estimated 40,000 disadvantaged children in Texas. Full-day kindergarten for 5-year-olds was delayed until 1988. The state now pays for half-day Perot committee recommendations Costs In millions Lucas From A1 84-'85 '85-'86 '86-'87 '87-'88 '88-'89 Lengthen school year 47.5 50.8 55.1 59.6 64.2 by 5 days to 180 days Career ladder and teacher pay 350.0 400.0 450.0 475.0 500.0 Equalization of state aid 400.0 na na na na to local districts Limit class sizes to: . 20 In 1st and 2nd grades 120.8 129.1 140.0 151.3 163.1 20 In 3rd and 4th grades ... 151.3 163.1 Voluntary kindergarten 53.3 57.0 61.8 66.8 72.0 for 4-year-olds Annual student testing 7.0 7.5 7.6 8.2 8.8 Extend school day 2 hours - - - 431.2 461.2 Full-day kindergarten - - - 443.0 473.8 for 5-year-olds Teacher education programs - - - 94.6 101.2 6-year textbook cycle - 25.4 27.2 na na Parenthood education - 1.1 1.2 na na Organization 6.7 - - - - and management Teacheradministrator testing 1.5 1.5 Stipends for teachers .5 .6 .7 .8 .9 Scholarshipsloans - .25 .25 .25 .25 Total cost $987.3 $673.25 $743.85 $1,908.3 $2,036.7 Source: Select Committee on Public Education kindergarten, but several school districts use local money to provide full-time classes. A PROPOSAL to lengthen the school year by 10 days was cut by five days. The longer school day, which adds an optional two hours, was delayed until 1988. Replacement of the elected - State Board of Education with an appointed body, a reduction in funding for vocational education, and testing of all teachers remained in the final report. Perot said few ideas in the report are original. "Virtually every idea that found its way into the package came from a teacher or administrator." ber 1975 in Jacksonville, Fla. Nutt said this morning that it's "very possible" that Lucas and his accomplice used the missing door to load the bodies into their truck. The door was found in a barn loft about a year after the What-leys' disappearance. Nutt said the barn had been searched "over and over again but maybe we missed it" Nutt said he believed Lucas' statements have cleared the case. "It's looking good," he said. "It sure looks like he did it." Nutt said that although the case was widely publicized in Central Texas, Lucas "would sure have to have a good memory to remember all the details he talked about yes-, terday, if all he did was read about it" MOSELY SAID he plans to file murder charges against Lucas. "But first I have to talk to the DA (district attorney) and it will have to go to the grand jury," he said. "I've never seen anyone so coldblooded when it comes to talking about killing people," Moseley said. "It doesn't bother him at all to talk about killing those people, it's just the same as someone else might talk about killing doves or game." A San Angelo jury on April 13 sentenced Lucas, a 47-year-old drifter, to die for the 1979 slaying of an unidentified hitchhiker whose body was found near Georgetown. Lucas earlier received two 75-year prison sentences after he pleaded guilty to killing one woman in Texas and was convicted of killing another. Cabaret singer Mabel Mercer dies PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) Mabel Mercer, a cabaret singer who introduced "Fly Me to the Moon" during a career that spanned 70 years, died today at age 84, according to family friends. Muriel Finch, a friend of Mercer's who was contacted at the singer's 30-acre farm in East Chatham, N.Y., said Mercer died at the Berkshire Medical Center across the state line in Pittsfield. Donald Smith, who represented Mercer and had been a longtime friend, said she had suffered from unstablized angina and had died of respiratory arrest at 6:40 a.m. Mercer, who was born in Staffordshire, England, sang in Parisian nightclubs in the 1920s. She moved to the United States in 1940, and a series of long engagements in New York City nightspots followed. Her last singing appearance was in November in New York. SAL E FOR the styles you want for summer at prices that won't put you off! They're all at Dillard's this Friday and Saturday! 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