Several TCTA-initiated bills and proposals passed the second chamber today - some will move on to the governor's desk, though others may take a bit more negotiation to work out differences between the House and Senate versions.
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.
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.
TCTA members joined the lobby team on Feb. 8 to meet with legislators and staffers to discuss important education issues early in the 84th Legislative Session. See photos here.
At the midway point of the session, the 84th Legislature had yet to develop a defining personality. Even as negative education proposals were gaining momentum, the Senate and House seemed to be functioning reasonably well, with only minor hiccups to date. As the session progresses we anticipate more significant bumps in the road – and can only hope that those bumps will hinder the progress of bad legislation. Read more for a breakdown of some important bills and hot topics.