June 4, 2019
Happy Summer! Your Final 2018-19 TEPSA Express
TEPSA leaders
Happy summer, Texas school leaders! While the TEPSA office is open year-round, this is our last issue of TEPSA Express for 2018-19. Thank you for being a TEPSA member!

Renew your membership now for 2019-20 and start the year knowing you have TEPSA on your side!

Pictured: 2018-19 TEPSA President Elect Annette Sanchez and President Yolanda Delaney.
Resources for Summer Months

Hiring Good Teachers: The Interview Process (National Association of Elementary School Principals): Paying attention to the small nuances of how you and your school are perceived in the interview process can make the difference in attracting high-quality teachers.

Summer Planning Guide (Angela Watson, The Cornerstone for Teachers): While it's perfect for sharing with your teachers, this handy guide is also great for school leaders to ensure you accomplish your goals and still have time for rest and rejuvenation!
86th Legislative Session - Veto Deadline June 16

Lawmakers have left Austin, and Governor Abbott has until Sunday, June 16, to decide which bills he'll sign, which he'll veto and which will become law without his signature. The Governor will also go through the budget and veto line items he disapproves.

Your TEPSA Government Relations team is analyzing bills and compiling information about new laws. Join us for a complete Legislative Wrap-Up at 1pm Thursday, June 13, during TEPSA Summer Conference.
Updated Summary of HB 3906 on Assessment, Passed by Legislature (Texas Association of School Administrators): An overview of HB 3906, the STAAR testing bill.

"...lawmakers approved a budget that included around $223 million in state funds to pay off a financial penalty to the federal government — and to allow the state to avoid future penalties — for illegally decreasing spending on special education and to prevent another spending issue this fiscal year. And they made several changes to the way Texas spends money to educate kids with disabilities, including dyslexia, intended to avoid violating federal law in years to come."

Session Recap: The big school safety bill (Association for Texas Professional Educators)

"The final version of the omnibus school safety bill (SB 11) contained a number of provisions, the most important of which is a school safety allotment, which may be used for a wide variety of purposes, including securing facilities, purchasing security technology, hiring security personnel, and providing training. According to the fiscal note, the allotment is expected to provide an additional $9.72 per student in average daily attendance (ADA) at a cost of roughly $100 million over the next two years."
TEA Update

Submit comments by June 13 on TEA's proposed amendment to adjust the targets for the English Language Proficiency measure in the State’s ESSA accountability system due to changes to the TELPAS.
T-TESS Training for New and Returning Teachers

The T-TESS Cube Orientation for New Teachers and the T-TESS Cube Refresher Course for Returning Teachers
T-TESS Cube is the easiest, most cost-effective way to meet the state’s T-TESS training requirements!  
  • Both courses are completely online! Teachers can complete this training on their own time. (T-TESS Cube Orientation is 3 hours, and the T-TESS Cube Refresher course is 1 hour.)
  • Teachers’ progress and responses are tracked and available to administrators.
  • Fulfills the state requirements for new and returning teacher training.