Gov. Greg Abbott declared school funding and teacher pay as emergency items during his
State of the State address on Tuesday. Property tax reform and school safety also made the governor's list of top priorities for the 2019 session.
A teacher filed a grievance with her school district, alleging that the district improperly reduced her salary. The teacher received a stipend for teaching three dual-credit courses. That stipend was reduced for the following school year. The board of trustees denied the grievance and the teacher appealed to the commissioner of education.
The 2019-2020 Executive Board takes office June 1, from left, Melody Young, Cristal Isaacks, Cherie Bales, Albert Mosqueda, Eleanore Malone, Twila Read, Joyce McCurdy, Ann Martinez, Sherry Miller and Teresa Koehler.
Delegates elect leaders, set legislative priorities
Delegates attending TCTA's 2019 Convention and Capitol Visit last week in Austin elected statewide leaders and approved a list of priorities for the current legislative session. Members discussed many of the priorities with lawmakers at the Capitol, including House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. Convention attendees also heard from Education Commissioner Mike Morath, learned tips to relieve stress and earned CPE hours during the annual gathering.
The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting requests for reconsideration from teachers whose TEACH grants were erroneously converted to loans. Affected teachers who can prove they met the program's criteria can apply to have their loans converted back into grants.
Seven members of the State Board of Education were
sworn in for new terms during last week's meeting in Austin. Joining the board for the first time are Matt Robinson of Friendswood, Pam Little of Fairview and Aicha Davis of Dallas. Ruben Cortez Jr. of Brownsville, Marisa Perez-Diaz of San Antonio, Lawrence Allen Jr. of Houston and Pat Hardy of Fort Worth were re-elected in November.