Gov. Abbott releases "draft" proclamation covering education, other issues

Gov. Greg Abbott issued the official proclamation addressing the need for a special session to pass legislation to continue the functions of certain state agencies, including the Texas Medical Board.

Abbott vetoes four education bills

Gov. Greg Abbott has taken action on all bills passed by the legislature in the 2017 session. The governor vetoed 50 bills, including four education-related bills.

TEA issues T-TESS student growth guidance

Prompted by a May 3, 2017, settlement of lawsuits filed by TCTA and two other statewide teacher groups over teacher appraisal requirements, TEA agreed to eliminate from its teacher appraisal rules the requirement to use one or more of the specified student growth measures in individual teacher appraisals, for both the state-recommended and locally developed appraisal systems. TEA recently issued new guidance to reflect the changes. Click here to read more.

Senate bills sent to the governor

Governor Abbott has now acted on (signed or vetoed) all bills. Unless otherwise noted, all of the Senate bills below were signed and will go into effect immediately or for the 2017-18 school year.

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Ten certification exams to be eliminated in September

Ten Texas teacher certification examinations will be eliminated as of Sept. 1, according to the Texas Education Agency. Even though these certificates won’t continue to be issued after August, they are still maintained by TEA as valid certificates for the same teaching assignments, and teachers currently holding them can continue to teach in those assignments and are not affected by this change.

House bills sent to the governor

This list comprises House bills that have been sent to the governor. Governor Abbott has now acted on (signed or vetoed) all bills. Unless otherwise noted, all bills below were signed and will go into effect immediately or for the 2017-18 school year.

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Gov. calls special session, including ed-related issues, for July 18

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a July special session June 6. The session, which can last up to 30 days, will begin on July 18, and topics on the governor's agenda include vouchers, payroll deduction, and "flexibility" in hiring and firing teachers.

Former TCTA president is top vote-getter in TRS Board election

2012-13 TCTA State President Nanette Sissney is one of three former TRS trustees who will be considered by Gov. Greg Abbott when he makes appointments to the TRS Board in the upcoming months. Sissney was the top vote-getter in the election for the at-large seat, a position that can be held, and voted on, by any active or retired member of the system. Rounding out the top three, from whom Abbott must pick, are current trustee Karen Charleston and former trustee Greg Poole.

Major issue wrap-up

The regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature ended Monday, May 29, 2017. The 140-day period was marked by political — and in some cases even physical — strife, and resulted in the lowest number of passed bills in many years.

TRS Board adopts new TRS-ActiveCare, TRS-Care premium rates

On Friday, June 2, the TRS Board of Trustees adopted the ActiveCare, HMO and TRS-Care plan design changes and premium rates for the upcoming year. Enrollees selecting family coverage in the higher levels of the active insurance plan will be particularly hard hit, with premiums rising by 16.8 percent for family coverage under ActiveCare Select and 25.5 percent under ActiveCare 2.

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