New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
College dean- Teacher pay a major education problem
SILSBEE, Texas (AP) — A member of the Governor's Select Committee on Education says the public must be willing to spend time and money on education to identify and solve problems and to improve the system.
Dean Corrigan, dean of the College of Education at Texas AUK University and a member of the 18-member committee, says the foremost question to be resolved is teacher pay.
“My view is that base salaries have to go up if we're going to get and keep good people in the classroom," he told the Sabine-Neches Administrators and School Board Members Association.
"Teachers need an incentive to stay in the teaching profession, so we have to provide that career incentive. This can be partly in the form of higher salaries, but we also should be providing the opportunity for continuing staff development.”
Merit pay has received little discussion, Corrigan said. Instead, the committee, chaired by Dallas millionaire H. Ross Perot, has concentrated on higher base salaries and career
incentives, he said.
"We have to remember that the committee has not made any recommendations," Corrigan said. "Comments from the committee’s chairman have stimulated a great deal of media coverage, which have been presented as if they were actual recommendations. These are from the chairman, not from the committee.
"Mr. Perot makes many of his statements for shock just to create dialogue. And believe me, we sure have gotten a lot of letters because of his remarks."
The committee, which must come up with proposals revamping the Texas educational system, has been meeting has been meeting with school board members, superintendents, principals, teachers and special interest groups across the state since July.
On Friday, the committee members plan to divide into subcommittees to look at specific issues and to begin work on formulating recommendations to present to the Legislature and governor, Corrigan said.
Troopers check shooting
GILMER, Texas (AP) — A 37-year-old hotel owner shot himself when he was approached by a state trooper for questioning in the deaths of his wife and three children, who had been executed as they slept hours earlier, police said.
Gandabhiv M. Patel remained in critical condition early today at Marshall Memorial Hospital with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Police said they found a rambling note alluding to the "sacrifice" of the family in Patel’s car.
A Department of Public Safety trooper said he spotted Patel in his parked car about 40 miles west of Gilmer six hours after police found the bodies in the Gilmer hotel the Patels owned and operated.
Autopsies were scheduled today in Longview on the bodies of Patel's wife, Bhikhibev, 35; the couple’s two daughters, Jayaben, 9, and Shila, 6; and their son, Jayesh, 2.
All were discovered shot to death in a second-floor apartment in the hotel. Patel and his car had been missing since Gilmer police broke into the apartment and found the bodies at 3.18 p.m. Tuesday.
DPS trooper Rex Akin said the man was apparently hiding in his station wagon, which was parked at a roadside park on UJ>. Highway IO about seven miles east of Marshall.
"I approached the car, and when I got about 20 feet from it, he sat up in the driver's seat,’’ Akin said. "I hollered for him several tunes to get out of the car but he didn't.
"He leaned over to one side, and that is when his gun went off," said Akin. "He sat
back up and looked at me and unlocked the door. I opened it and he fell out, wounded. He probably had the gun in his pants Md had to lean over to get it out He was probably bringing it up to shoot me."
A 38-caliber pistol was recovered from the car, Akin said. Paters wife and children had been shot with a 38-caliber weapon, police saki.
Authorities also found a rambling note addressed to Gilmer police inside the station wagon.
"Sacrifices of one human' family to bring world attention...” the note began, referring in disjointed phrases to President Reagan and the Russians.
On the outside of the envelope was written, "What I have done was the only best way out, to let the truth come out.
"Yet, I do not wish anyone to be punished, because of my act,” it said
Mrs. Patel and her children were pronounced dead by Peace Justice W Y. Ray, who ordered the bodies transported to Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview for autopsies
PUC chairman won't hear Bell rate hike requestFounder’s Day Sale
AUSTIN (AP) — Public Utility Commission Chairman Al Erwin says he’s too busy to grant Attorney General Jim Mattox's request that the full commission hear Southwestern Bell’s $1.36 billion rate hike request.
Erwin said Tuesday the three-member commission would let Mattox's motion die by not acting on it. The attorney general says the case is too important to be heard by the commission's administrative law judges.
But the commission chairman said he has confidence in the two judges who will hear the case and make a recommendation to the three-member PUC.
"We are coming to the point in the case in which My time taken is coming directly from our time to consider the final order," said Erwin "Any further delays come out of my time. I’m the one who finally decides what everyone in Texas is going to pay."
Erwin added that he spends much of his day reading through the boxes of testimony filed in the case.
The commissioners’ offices are equipped with speakers that allow them to eavesdrop on the hearing down the hall. Erwin said he flips his speaker on while working alone in his office.
On Tuesday — the second day of what will be at
least eight weeks of testimony — Bell executive Paul Roth of Dallas defended a company decision to abandon a $2.5 million building.
Roth, executive vice president for revenue and public affairs, testified that such decisions are in the "nature of the utility business."
The cost of the Lake Jackson building that Bell decided it didn’t need is included in the current rate case. If Bell gets what it wants. Texans monthly bills for basic residential service would double in the spring.
Roth was prepared to talk about the lake Jackson building. When PUC General Counsel Allen King walked toward Roth and said, “Mr. Roth, I saw an article in the paper Saturday that just seemed perfect,” the executive replied, "I have my own copy here with me."
The building was to house additional directory assistance facilities. In March 1962, when the decision to build was made, it seemed like a good idea, according to Roth.
He said the Houston area had been experiencing a 15 percent to 17 percent annual increase in directory' assistance requests.
But when the building was completed, it wasn't needed.
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