Senate subcommittee discusses teacher benefits/protections

7:00 p.m.

The Senate Finance subcommittee on public school funding held its first meeting Monday to get an overview of school finance and the challenges in the proposed budget, but the discussion included several teacher-specific issues, including last session’s pay raise and teacher contracts.


House committees named

2:00 p.m.


Speaker Joe Straus named House committees today, and some committees are getting started right away. The chairs of the three key House committees for public school employees - Public Education; Pensions, Investments & Financial Services; and Appropriations - remain the same as last session (see lists below)


Governor's State of the State address includes education goals

12:25 p.m.

Governor Rick Perry addressed a joint session of the Texas House and Senate to deliver the traditional “State of the State” speech. He began with an optimistic litany of Texas economic successes, citing a need to balance pessimism over the struggling economy with some good news and focusing on job growth in the state.


TRS Board selects new executive director

2:35 p.m.


The TRS Board of Trustees, after months of a nationwide search, stayed close to home in its selection of a new executive director to replace Ronnie Jung, who is retiring this year. TRS Deputy Director Brian Guthrie was chosen to take Jung's place, continuing in his current position until Jung steps down on Sep. 1, 2011.