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Among the many changes to current law included in HB 3 is the elimination of master teacher certificates in math, reading, science and technology. Beginning Sept. 1, 2019, current certificate holders will be issued "legacy" certificates by the State Board for Educator Certification. These certificates can not be renewed.

This week, the Texas Education Agency launched a video series to explain HB 3, the comprehensive school finance bill. The first episode of "HB3 in 30" covers budget planning for teacher compensation.

Education Commissioner Mike Morath previewed two major changes to the state's student accountability assessments during the State Board of Education's June meeting in Austin. TEA is preparing to incorporate writing into the grades 3-8 STAAR reading tests and eliminate the use of substitute assessments, such as the SAT or ACT, in the state's accountabilty system.

We've put together this quick summary of what we know and what you should expect regarding the pay raises approved by the legislature for school employees (HB 3) in the recent session.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday, June 11, signed HB 3 into law, calling it a “monumental moment” to “transform public education in the state of Texas.” The bill increases per-student spending, reduces property taxes and instructs local districts to use part of the new state money to raise pay for non-administrators.

The TRS Board of Trustees approved premium rates for ActiveCare and HMO plans during its April meeting. ActiveCare premiums will increase between 3% and 9% with changes to maximum out-of-pocket limits and prescription drug costs.

As another school year winds down, teachers thinking about changing districts this summer need to be aware of the law regarding deadlines for resignation without consent.

TCTA congratulates five members who were named state finalists for the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards: JoLisa Hoover of Leander ISD, Katherine Miller of Wichita Falls ISD, Karen Naiser of Dickenson ISD, Ryan Piwetz of Port Aransas ISD and David Walker of Austin ISD.

TCTA congratulates District 17 Director Amy Drake who is among three Lubbock ISD educators receiving the Frank and Nancy Newton Excellence in Education Award in 2019.

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath agreed to address the TCTA Representative Assembly during our annual convention this year. After his presentation, he graciously took questions from the audience.
 
One TCTA member asked if anything could be done to reduce the burden of TELPAS calibration. His response to TCTA Executive Director Jeri Stone, excerpted below, shows that TEA at his direction is actively pursuing efforts to reduce the burden of TELPAS calibration.