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

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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.

Here comes STAAR? Budget crisis prompts concerns about new test

IN THE MIDST OF A LIVELY DEBATE about whether the Texas Legislature should delay putting into place the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), the new, more rigorous testing system scheduled to start next school year, the Texas Education Agency is continuing to move forward (as it is required to do) with plans to roll out the new system as planned.

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ISSUES OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION: What the financial crisis means to education

The 82nd legislative session is in full swing and the bill filing deadline has passed. Here, we address some of the more crucial questions and alert you to a dozen bills that you will want to keep an eye on. While it’s too early to predict what will happen for sure, we give you a few of our predictions for what probably won’t happen. For the latest, most current information, watch for our weekly eUpdates; if you aren’t on our e-mail list, visit our website at, where you can sign up in seconds.

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