As the final weeks of the session approach, the days are getting longer and more bills are traveling through the committees and being considered by the House and Senate. This week promises to be a full one, though some of the floor and committee schedules for later in the week are not yet available.
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.
Planning to talk to your legislators about the salary schedule bill? In an effort to provide you with more information, here are some comments we’ve been hearing from proponents of the bill, followed by our responses. Get the details..
Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced that results from the 2015 STAAR assessments in math for grades 3-8, as well as STAAR A and STAAR Alt-2, will not be included in the state accountability system. Get the details.
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.