The House will be focused on budget issues this week, while the Senate could consider education reform bills.
Book your hotel for the Fabulous 2015 TCTA Convention by July 1 to save! This year the convention will be held at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas. Get more details!
SeaWorld San Antonio is offering K-12 Texas teachers a free Teacher Study Pass for unlimited admission to SeaWorld and its water park, Aquatica, through Sept. 7. Get the details.
TCTA members now have a valuable new resource from the TCTA Legal Department: the "Removing Disruptive Students from Class" guide. TCTA compiled this outline of key provisions of Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code as a resource for TCTA members. Download the guide here.
TCTA won seven awards in the 2014 Texas School Public Relations Association Star Awards program, including three Best of Category awards, three Gold Star awards, and one Silver Star award. Which TCTA communications efforts were recognized? Find out.
Four TCTA members – Teresa Reed, Lacy Venhaus, Anne Peppers, and Melinda Schermerhorn – were named award winners for excellence in teaching. Reed and Venhaus were named winners of the Teachers on the Rise program and Peppers and Schermerhorn were named finalists in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards finalist. TCTA congratulates these outstanding teachers. Get the details.
TCTA submitted comments opposing a USDE proposal to rate teacher prep programs based in large part on the test scores of their graduates’ students. Get the details.
Texas’s continued waiver from federal accountability requirements hinges on a proposed statewide teacher evaluation system that relies heavily on student performance. The US Department of Education has rejected TEA’s proposal. Get the details.
Despite TCTA comments that urged against it, TEA recently overhauled many of the commissioner of education’s rules on special education. The changes to the rules, which went into effect Jan. 1, could negatively affect students and educators. Get the details.
SBOE Chair Barbara Cargill released a letter Jan. 9 responding to public concerns over changes in math education occurring this school year due to the implementation of new math TEKS. Of special significance to educators is a section on "what is being done to help teachers, students and parents." Read it here.
The State Board for Educator Certification voted at its Jan. 9 meeting to make TCTA-suggested changes to rules that establish a process to file complaints against educator preparation programs with TEA. TCTA also expressed concerns that the rules limited the types of complaints that TEA/SBEC would act upon and thwarted a proposal that could have significantly delayed the resolution of disciplinary cases brought against educators. Learn more.