Make sure that you are regularly checking TEA's
HB 3 website
, which contains all the information the TEA has available regarding House Bill 3.
Blended Learning Grant Program
This week, TEA posted information on the Blended Learning Grant program. The grant program established by HB 3 set aside $6 million per year for such grants. For the fall of 2019, 25 planning grants of up to $125,000 are available for Math Innovation Zone and non-math blended learning pilots. Up to 10 self-funded districts may be eligible for execution grants. Then, in the spring of 2020, up to 35 grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded. For more information, please see:
Teacher Incentive Allotment
Last week, TEA focused on the topic of teacher incentives, which can be another innovative way to bring additional funding to districts that choose to participate. Districts develop a local designation system and receive additional funding for designated teachers they employ (with 90% of that funding going toward teacher compensation at the campus where the designated teacher is employed). TEA is partnering with Texas Tech to approve local designation systems. Funding amounts are increased for educators assigned to campuses that serve a more concentrated population of students qualifying for compensatory education funding and/or a campus classified as rural. The agency outlined the timeline for the development and approval process. For more info, please see: