Just as you wouldn’t drive without auto insurance (you wouldn’t, right?), you shouldn’t set foot in a classroom without the protection that a professional association can provide. No matter how good a teacher you are or how great the district in which you teach, it only takes one disciplinary incident, one new principal, or one angry parent to make you realize you need help.
Doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants and other professionals benefit from the services that a professional association provides – and so will you! In addition to legal protection, an association offers you networking and career resources, along with opportunities for leadership and to stay current in your profession.
As a Texas educator you have options, but we believe TCTA is the perfect fit for you. You’re not “labor,” you’re a professional, and at TCTA that concept governs the image we project on your behalf and the services we provide to you.
TCTA’s attorneys are the most experienced in the state, our professional liability insurance coverage is comprehensive, and our dues are so affordable that you can cover the cost simply by taking advantage of our discount programs! And no other association limits its membership to non-administrative classroom professionals – our exclusive focus ensures that we’re always representing YOU.
Some teachers join just for the insurance, and that’s fine. But you may be surprised at how often you’ll want to use our other services.
We don’t just work with teachers in trouble. Our nine TCTA attorneys are here not only to represent teachers in legal situations, but also to answer those “can they do that?” questions.
As a TCTA member, you’ll speak to a licensed, experienced attorney who can assess your situation and recommend options. Your conversation is always protected by the attorney-client privilege (that doesn’t happen when you speak to a “union rep” from another association), and we’ll never take action that you haven’t approved.
No other teacher group can match the experience and depth of knowledge of the TCTA legal team. And if your situation requires a local attorney or one with special expertise, funding can be authorized from our $250,000 Teacher Defense Fund.
As an independent, Texas-only professional association, TCTA keeps your membership dues low by ensuring that your dues dollars are put to good use meeting your needs, not supporting a national union.
You can save more than the cost of your TCTA dues by using the many discount programs available to our members.
TCTA was the first Texas teacher association to provide free online continuing professional education, and as an SBEC-certified provider we regularly update our offerings to ensure you have the latest information to help you in the classroom.
TCTA's annual Survival Guide is a must-have reference for every Texas educator. It's so comprehensive — covering topics ranging from appraisals to classroom discipline — that some educator preparation programs have made it part of the curriculum! TCTA publications also include The Classroom Teacher, our award-winning quarterly magazine that offers in-depth analyses of issues that matter most to educators. For the digital natives, TCTA offers an email newsletter called the eUpdate, and plenty of opportunities for you to interact with us and your colleagues via social media.
TCTA’s lobby team consistently initiates more successful pro-teacher legislation than any other teacher group, and we’ve been named the top teacher lobby team in Texas for the last several years in the Capitol Inside Power Lobby Rankings. Our online advocacy resources include daily Capitol updates during legislative sessions, and the TexasTeachersVote.org website, which includes tools to inform educators heading to the polls.
In a recent survey of TCTA members, 99 percent of respondents rated the quality of service they receive from TCTA as excellent or average. Read TCTA members' comments about their professional association.