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Gayle Fallon

Fairfax schools chief uses staff cuts, raises as budget tactic

Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, said that Garza was known as a “pro-employee” administrator who had not forgotten her roots as a kindergarten teacher. Garza represented the Houston administration in teacher salary negotiations. “She knew how we felt,” ...

Incoming Fairfax superintendent Karen Garza known for student-centric approach

Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, said Garza was very popular among union members. “She doesn’t have the mean streak that we see in a lot of superintendents,” Fallon said. “She brought respect to all levels. If I could show her that someone was just ...

Austin Gun-Store Owner Offers Teachers A Discount

Frankly I think it’s absurd,” says Gayle Fallon with the American Federation of Teachers. “In a lot of cases, the perpetrator is a kid. Look at Columbine, it was a 14-year-old kid. You tell me a teacher is going to look in the eyes of a 14-year-old and pull the trigger — it’s not in ...

Sharpstown teacher arrested at motel, then taken to hospital

The president of the Houston Federation of Teachers union, Gayle Fallon, said she worries that publicity about these charges will prompt frivolous reports. "I'm afraid we're going to see reporting on a scale that no one wants by the way this has been handled by the DA's office and by the ...

Thursday letters: Education concerns

Regarding "HISD bonus checks fewer, bigger" (Page B1, Saturday), Gayle Fallon, president, Houston Federation of Teachers, says she's not sure what the district really thinks they're buying with the $18.2 million performance bonuses awarded by the board and Superintendent Terry Grier. She ...

Texas gun store owner calls to arm teachers, offers them concealed-carry discount

“We have airline pilots that now carry pistols or weapons of some sort — firearms — and same thing to, I think, need to happen in these gun-free zones that are so dangerous.” But Houston Federation of Teachers President Gayle Fallon told the station that the idea of arming teachers was ...

Kids Posting Online Tutorials About How To Get Teachers Fired

Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, was shocked that students would make false claims of impropriety for something as minor as getting an A- instead of an A. "I don't think at the age those students are they realized the can ruin a person's home life," she told ...

Texas gun store owner’s answer to Sandy Hook tragedy is to offer teachers discounts on certification...

Frankly I think it’s absurd,” Gayle Fallon of the American Federation of Teachers told KRLD in Texas. “In a lot of cases, the perpetrator is a kid. Look at Columbine, it was a (teenager). You tell me a teacher is going to look in the eyes of a (teenager) and pull the trigger — it’s not ...

‘How We Got Our First Grade Teacher Fired’: Disturbing YouTube Videos Show Students Talking About Li...

“I don’t think at the age those students are they realize they can ruin a person’s home life, their family often turns on them, they ruin their career, they ruin their reputation in the community,” Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, told KRIV. Watch the news ...

Community feels silenced after HISD tables vote on Dodson closure indefinitely

“You’re going to vote the way you’re going to vote but to not hear me.” Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, is on the community’s side. “I’m really disgusted with this board right now. They seem to forget that the taxpayers own this district. They pay for it. ...

HISD teachers walk out of contracts in high numbers, union says

" Gayle Fallon, Houston Federation of Teachers president, said one reason so many teachers are breaking their contracts this year is that they have been mistreated by principals. "A lot of our campus administrators are absolutely abusive," she said. "They scream at people. No one wants ...

Guns in schools? Sandy Hook rekindles hot debate on arming teachers

Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, notes that the majority of teachers are female, and that they might carry the gun in their purse, where it can be stolen. “When you put your purse down, the chance of someone grabbing a weapon increases,” says Ms. ...

Cash incentive for those who leave district on agenda

Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers union, said teachers who like their principals typically give notice as soon as they can. "I have no problem with the (incentive) program," Fallon said. "The district gets adequate notice, and the teacher leaves with ...

Test scores unlikely to count in some HISD teacher grades

Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers union, intensified her criticism of the evaluation Thursday. She initially blasted HISD's reliance on test data called "value added," but now says other categories such as a teacher's "professionalism" are left open to broad ...

HISD employees asked to refund district for payroll problem

The president of the Houston Federation of Teachers union, Gayle Fallon, is questioning the legality of the change after so many years. She said employees did not cause the problem and, in fact, some never knew about it. Some employees were told when hired that they would have to refund ...

Two bills link teacher evaluations to student test scores

"They're going to, in not too much time, create a horrendous teacher shortage in this state and probably the country," said Houston Federation of Teachers President Gayle Fallon. "They're very much depressing the workforce. " Houston's teacher evaluation has caused a multitude of issues ...

In surprise vote, HISD board gives Grier bonus, contract extension

Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers union, said she was surprised by Grier's extension "since it was done in a back room. " ...

Optimism, Obama helped lift bond measures, observers say

"Other bonds have had loud opposition," said Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, which took no position on the propositions. "This one had a lot of whining, but no real organized opposition. It wasn't a huge tax increase, and I think people who voted for it ...

HISD board approves $1.6 billion budget

UPDATE: Houston Federation of Teachers President Gayle Fallon posted a comment that provides some context: “HISD is not ‘giving’ the teachers any raise. They are mandated by state law to give teachers the step increase in their salary schedule. This is part of the raise funded by the ...

HISD Trustees Kiss Dodson Elementary Goodbye and Will Never Speak of It Again

Houston Federation of Teachers President Gayle Fallon said after the meeting that she felt the board action was legal trickery and that trustees had completely blown off the community and its feelings. In an earlier agenda workshop this week, Moore had argued that board votes had to ...

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