The 2015 session was one of the most difficult teachers have faced. In 2013 the education community was introduced to a new breed of education reformer – well-funded, relentless, and seemingly not very interested in the views of actual educators - led by Texans for Education Reform.
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!
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 just announced the winners of our Friend of Education awards, which honor a state official or legislator and a private citizen outside the field of education who have made a significant contribution to public education in Texas. The 2014-15 winners will be honored during TCTA's annual convention in July. And the winners are ...
The Teacher Retirement System Board of Trustees approved increased premium rates for ActiveCare for the upcoming school year. The board also approved plan design changes and considered the future of ActiveCare 2. Learn more and view the chart of current and new rates here.
Rep. John Kline, chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, reintroduced his Republican bill from last Congress but Democrats wanted a new bipartisan bill and some debate time. Kline may have been buoyed by having a Republican majority to support his bill on the House floor, but the effort nearly sank when the far-right faction pulled its support as questions emerged about the content of the provisions. Learn more.
The beginning of summer also signals the time for teachers to make decisions about staying in their current positions or making the move to another. TCTA’s Legal Department brings you the facts about resignation and contracts as you make your plans for the next school year. Learn more.
It’s a big question. Health insurance costs are becoming a greater percentage of take-home pay every year. Your options are a function of whether your district participates in ActiveCare, where in Texas you live, and – unfortunately – how much money you have to spend on your health insurance costs. Learn more.
The Texas Department of Insurance is trying to help students – and all Texans – understand how property insurance works through a free, online educational game called PlayInsure. Get more details.
In his message in the spring TCTA magazine, TCTA President Terrill Q. Littlejohn talks about the legislative session and how you can make an impact in your area. Read the column.