TCTA-initiated bill protects teachers who document and report student discipline issues
A teacher with a violent student in the classroom sustained injuries after having her requests for student removal denied. She was subsequently marked down on her appraisal.
Another teacher received low ratings after making disciplinary referrals for several violent students, and was marked down for “not meeting district expectations for classroom safety.”
Current law recognizes the need for teachers to remove students from the classroom when the student’s behavior interferes with the teacher’s ability to teach, but too often the campus administration is not supportive.

TCTA lawyers get calls about these situations frequently, and we responded by working with legislators to pass a bill this session to ensure that teachers are better supported in these situations.
Under TCTA-initiated SB 1451, sponsored by Chairman Larry Taylor and Rep. Trent Ashby, a teacher can’t be disciplined or marked down solely on the basis of disciplinary referrals or documenting student conduct. (Teachers can still be assigned an area of deficiency based on documented evidence of a deficiency in classroom management through observation or a substantiated report.)
TCTA members who experience discipline issues or lack of support from their administration in discipline matters should call the TCTA Legal Department at 888-879-8282. Remember, though we can only help you if you were already a TCTA member at the time the incident happened. 
TCTA bills highlighted in TEA letter to administrators

Two TCTA-initiated bills are highlighted in a new “To the Administrator Addressed” letter from the Texas Education Agency. The letter notifies districts of several discipline-related bills going into effect this fall that may require amendments to the student code of conduct.
SB 2432, which has received national media attention recently , requires removal of a student to a DAEP for engaging in serious or threatening harassment of a school employee.
SB 1306 will require districts to post online, for each campus, contact information for the campus behavior coordinator or other administrator responsible for student discipline.
SBEC backs teacher in dispute over resignation

A school district filed a complaint with the State Board for Educator Certification, complaining that a teacher had abandoned her contract with the district and requesting that sanctions be imposed on her teaching credentials. The teacher received an automated email reply from the district that her resignation had been accepted, but the district claimed the email was sent in error. After a hearing, an administrative judge found that the teacher abandoned her contract and recommended sanctions, but SBEC instead backed the teacher, finding that the email released her from her contract.

School supplies, clothes are tax free this weekend

Shoppers can take advantage of the Texas sales tax holiday on items for the new school year. Most clothing, shoes, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 are tax free Aug. 9-11.

#CleartheLists makes waves on social media

Courtney Jones, who is behind the Twitter account  @support_a_teach , has raised awareness about teacher-funded classroom supplies, starting a #ClearTheLists campaign so teachers can share links to Amazon wishlists to get supplies for their classrooms. Many celebrities and businesses have been filling wishes, including country singer Casey Donahew, who started a GoFundMe page to raise $75,000 for the cause.
2019 accountability ratings will be released next week

The Texas Education Agency will release its 2019 accountability ratings to the public on August 15. Districts were sent the data this week for review ahead of the public release.

TEA is set to penalize more schools for failing academic performance this year under a proposed policy change. A new rule expected to go into effect in September would punish districts and campuses earning a D for two or more consecutive years as if they had earned an F.

The Austin American-Statesman reported this week on the unpopularity of the proposed law. Click here to read the article.
Butler Awards recognize Texas science teachers

Nominations are now being accepted for the Texas Medical Association’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. The program recognizes and rewards teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels who share their energy and enthusiasm for science with their students. Nominations are due by Dec. 3. Nominated teachers will be emailed an application to complete by Jan. 3, 2020.

Houston ISD may face potential board takeover and lowered accreditation

Investigators are recommending the Texas Education Agency replace the Houston ISD board of trustees. A 34-page report details a six-month investigation into alleged misconduct, including violations of the state's open meetings act.

Make sure you're covered before classes begin

Renew before the first bell rings and start the year knowing you'll have continuous professional liability insurance coverage and all of the benefits of TCTA membership. Click here to renew online. (Log in with your email address as your username and member number as your password.)

If you have already renewed, thank you! We look forward to serving you this year and throughout your teaching career.

You can earn $25 for every two eligible first-time active members you recruit. Click here for Take 2/Make $25 program details.
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