TEA released final rules for the District Awards for Teacher Excellence (DATE) state incentive program, which contain many TCTA-requested changes from the proposed rules:

  • The districts must provide evidence of significant teacher involvement in the development of the incentive plan.
  • The selected district-level planning and/or decision-making committee must vote in advance of any school board changes to the local awards plan.
  • The districts may not refuse to pay awards to teachers who earned awards but who subsequently retired or were involuntarily transferred from the campus.
  • The rules now clarify that a portion of the grant funds are to be used to improve the recruitment and retention of instructional personnel.