On Thursday, the Texas House passed Senate Bill 8, causing an uproar among teachers.
United Educators Association Executive Director Larry Shaw said, "A lot of people see it as the death star out there...the one that's coming to ruin education."
The 'Death Star Bill' would enable school districts to reduce teacher salaries, impose unpaid furlough days and alter contract notification requirements.
Arlington's Dana Smith said, "I think it's honestly horrible. Teachers work really, really hard at what they do everyday. And, I think they go above and beyond. Honestly, they barely get enough money for what they do, so it's really sad."
"They look at their ratings. They teach. They have meetings after school. They have parent meetings. And, all the sudden it looks like they're getting the brunt of all the fall out, all the responsibility for the recession on the state budget," Shaw said.
The Texas Association of School Administrators says the bill gives districts the ability to deal with unprecedented cuts by giving them more flexibility.
The Death Star Bill has created a divide in the education community. While many school administrators support it, teachers have tried several times to kill the bill.
"They're not happy, they're not happy at all," Shaw said. "Anytime people are not happy, it comes through in their work product as well."
Parent Diane Lindmark said, "We lose good teachers, because we can't pay them what they deserve. If we're supposed to be all about education, that just doesn't work for me."
If the Death Star Bill passes, it's up to individual school districts to decide whether or not to enforce it.
"Some of them are gonna use it, and some of them are gonna keep it in their back pocket," Shaw said. "The poorer districts, districts like Fort Worth and Arlington, are probably going to use it, because they feel they have to."
"I think there's a lot better ways to save money than cutting our education funds, and that always seems to be the first one that goes," Lindmark said.
Texas House Approves Death Star Bill