The House/Senate conference committee on SB 1, the appropriations bill, will begin negotiations to see if agreement can be reached on a state budget. Conferees were named this week: Sens. Jane Nelson, Juan Hinojosa, Joan Huffman, Charles Schwertner, and Lois Kohlkorst; and Reps. John Zerwas, Oscar Longoria, Trent Ashby, Sarah Davis, and Larry Gonzales.
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TCTA testified on a bill (SB 1839 by Sen. Bryan Hughes) before the Senate Education Committee on Thursday that would allow out-of-state/country educators certification reciprocity with Texas.
Several TCTA bills are moving steadily through the legislative process, including two proposals relating to required teacher days.
A hearing was held in Travis County District Court on Wednesday, March 29, in the case of TCTA v. Morath. TCTA filed a lawsuit against Education Commissioner Mike Morath over the appraisal rule that requires locally adopted appraisal systems to use the definition of "performance of teachers' students" used in the appraisal system recommended by the commissioner, which is T-TESS.
Spring STAAR tests start this week, and Education Commissioner Mike Morath recently sent a letter to administrators highlighting three recent changes he hopes will make testing less stressful this year.
TCTA scored a victory by convincing TEA to include in its finally adopted special education rules a provision that the regular education teacher participating in an ARD committee meeting must be one who will implement a portion of the student’s IEP. TCTA argued that it’s important to specify which of the student’s regular education teachers must be part of the ARD because not all of them may be implementing the student’s IEP.
Beginning March 1, and continuing through May 5, TRS is conducting an election for two board trustee positions. One position is for a retiree representative (to be voted on only by retirees) and one is an at-large position that can be filled by either a retiree or active member (and can be voted on by members of both categories). Watch your mail during the next two weeks for the March TRS newsletter, which contains both candidate information and voting instructions.
English Language Arts and Science teachers, have you ever wanted to tell the state just how long it takes to teach all of the TEKS for your classes? Do you believe that the TEKS for your subjects are too long to cover in one school year? Or do you think that the TEKS are perfect? Starting today, you have a chance to give feedback to the State Board of Education about the length of time to teach the TEKS.
TCTA reminded the State Board for Educator Certification in testimony March 3, 2017, of the importance of preserving the integrity of teacher certification.
Help us spread the word by downloading and distributing this PDF flier to Texas high school teachers and counselors, who may nominate students for the TCTA Scholarship Program. Rather than focusing on academic records, TCTA will select award recipients based primarily on the qualities they have demonstrated and obstacles they have overcome that make them likely to succeed if given the chance.
School districts may get a reprieve from adding a student growth component to teacher appraisals in the coming school year.
(The 2017-18 Executive Board, from left, Cherie Bales, Donna Corbin, Suzanne Garcia McCall, Janie Baszile, Joyce McCurdy, Twila Read, Cristal Isaacks, Albert Mosqueda, Ann Martinez and Sherry Miller.)
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed Donna Bahorich as chair of the State Board of Education ahead of the Jan. 31, 2016, swearing-in ceremony for eight members elected or re-elected in November.