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Teachers worry that performance evaluations are incomplete or non-existent

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BEAUMONT - The Beaumont Teachers Association, or BTA, is asking Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams for help in saving jobs.

The group wants Williams to stop the Beaumont Independent School District from laying off teachers and other district employees.

The BTA claims the district has no legitimate basis to declare a financial emergency.  There are also questions being raised about the criteria being used to determine the teachers who will be let go.

Teachers have complained to 12News that some of their performance evaluations are incomplete, and we have heard from others who say it has been a couple of years or longer since their principals have evaluated them.

Trustee Tom Neild said, "The evaluations have been a problem for years."

The Texas Education Agency's investigation found BISD deficient in its record keeping.

Greg Sholl, who is the president of BTA, said what makes this so concerning is that teacher performance is one of the five guidelines administrators will use to determine which teachers will lose their jobs.

Sholl said, "I don't know if we can really get a fair evaluation of the people who are potentially going to get fired."

Neild suspects that because of the issues with teacher evaluations, superintendent Timothy Chargois, Ed.D, chose to delay the date layoffs will be announced.

Notifications are now scheduled to be sent out by June 30.  This further frustrates teachers.

Sholl said, "That's not going to give them time to find another job, just going to leave them in distress for another 30 days."

Neild says any teachers having trouble getting their evaluations should get in touch with him for help.  We contacted BISD about the evaluation concerns, but spokeswoman Nakisha Myles says she is waiting to get a response to our request for a comment.

A spokesperson for the BTA, meanwhile, says the organization along with the Texas State Teachers Association are fronting any legal costs associated with their fight to save jobs, not taxpayers.

Sholl said, "The proposed layoffs would hurt more than BISD employees.  Eliminating these jobs would force students into more crowded classrooms and harm our local economy."
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