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The TRS Board of Trustees met in Austin on Feb. 20-21, 2020, to discuss several topics, including its controversial plan to lease new downtown office space for its investment division. 

While TCTA members can take advantage of many cost-saving programs as a benefit of membership, we've also compiled this list of places that offer discounts to educators nationwide. For most of these deals, you simply show your school ID to qualify. 

For those of you interested in National Board teacher certification, we have compiled some key information about the program and how becoming certified could mean more money for your campus.

The U.S. Department of Education has approved TEA's list of teacher shortage areas for the 2020-21 school year.

You may have read recent media reports about the $326,000 per month rent that TRS will be paying to lease three stories of prime office space in the “Indeed Building” in downtown Austin for its investment management division. TCTA reminded the TRS Board and staff of a few controversial decisions regarding the investment division in recent testimony, pointing out that TRS members are becoming wary of how the agency is spending pension funds at a time when retirees are struggling to make ends meet. 

If you’d like an opportunity to help students who need a little extra instructional time while making some additional money in the process, you might get that chance starting next year if your district opts into a new program authorized by HB 3.

Delegates at TCTA's 2020 annual meeting in Austin will vote for President-Elect, Budget Committee chair, Curriculum & Instruction Committee chair and Teacher Personal Services Committee chair. The following candidates filed by Nov. 9 and will appear on the ballot. Additional nominations may be made from the floor during the first meeting of the Representative Assembly on Feb. 7.

TCTA honored eight people for their outstanding contributions to public education, the teaching profession and/or TCTA during the 2018-19 school year through the statewide awards program. 

Every session, teacher training is seen as a remedy for some of the most problematic aspects of public education, and every session TCTA spends many hours with well-meaning legislators to try to mitigate the impact of these increasing demands on teacher time. Let us be clear — we agree that the topics that teachers must be trained on under state law address very important issues. But TCTA has growing concerns that (a) teachers, as professionals, are not being given opportunities to select the type of training that is most useful for them, and (b) the growing list of required training is becoming excessive and frequently repetitive, leaving less time for self-selected professional development opportunities. 

TEA released information this week identifying the allowable use of funds that districts will receive for preparing students for college, a career, and the military. One option will allow districts to use the College, Career and Military Readiness Outcomes Bonus for teacher training.