TCTA shares virtual instruction concerns

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The Tuesday evening meeting of the House Public Education Committee included consideration of several school finance bills and a couple of proposals to expand virtual instruction.

HB 400 is on the move


...and you should be worried. While all the talk in Austin is about keeping budget cuts away from the classroom, so far some lawmakers’ actions are speaking louder. HB 400 is one of several bills that will take away some of the few laws that ensure that money is directed toward classroom instruction – and the bill passed out of committee on Tuesday, April 5. It appears to be on the fast track and may be scheduled for House floor action soon. Your legislators need to know that this is a detrimental vote for students and teachers, and they need to hear it from you!

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There is a lobbyist in you - Ready to make a difference!

What good can I do?
I’m just one person.
They won’t listen to me.
I just don’t have time.

This is a defeatist attitude that gets you NOWHERE!


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June deadline for 2012 Texas TOY application

Each year, the Texas Education Agency recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching by bestowing the state’s highest honor–“Texas Teacher of the Year.”

Forty teachers–two selected from each regional education service center–are eligible for two state titles, Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. A finalist is then selected from the top two teachers to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year Program.

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Brian Guthrie named TRS Executive Director

The Texas Teacher Retirement System Board of Trustees has appointed Brian Guthrie as the new TRS Executive Director. He will assume the duties on Sept. 1, 2011, when current TRS Executive Director Ronnie Jung will step down. Jung will then serve as executive liaison to the TRS board through Jan. 31, 2012, assisting Guthrie and the trustees during the transition period.