All K-3 teachers to attend literacy achievement academies by 2021-22

I’ve been teaching second grade for 18 years, and have heard that I have to go through extensive new training soon — is that true?

HB 3, passed during the 2019 legislative session, requires each classroom teacher and principal for grades K-3 to attend literacy achievement academies not later than the 2021-22 school year. New teachers subsequently must attend an academy prior to their first year of assignment in those grades.

Secret Service releases school shooter report

In the wake of yet another tragic school shooting in Santa Clarita, California, a U.S. Secret Service study of school violence found that most students who committed deadly attacks over the past deca de were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported. “These are not sudden, impulsive acts where a student suddenly gets disgruntled,” Lina Alathari, head of the Secret Service's National Threat Assessment Center, told the Associated Press. “The majority of these incidents are preventable.”

The findings will help train school officials and law enforcement on how to better identify students who may be planning an attack and how to stop them.

TCTA member wins award from H-E-B literacy program

TCTA congratulates member Linda Hinojosa , who has been awarded a $1,000 H-E-B Read 3 prize. The librarian at Palacios Elementary in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD used the funds to purchase books and said she hopes the prize will motivate students to increase their reading skills.
TEA seeks teachers for assessment committees

The Texas Education Agency needs educators to serve on committees that develop assessments that accurately measure what students learn in the classroom. TEA is especially interested in classroom teachers with knowledge of a variety of student populations, including special education and English learners.

Mom sues after tweets get cheerleader kicked off team

A student was removed from her position as head varsity cheerleader and dismissed from the team when the cheer coaches discovered a series of posts on her personal Twitter account that contained profanity and sexual innuendo. Her mother filed a grievance and then a lawsuit, claiming her daughter's tweets were within her right to free speech. The courts disagreed.

SBOE likely to OK African American studies course

The State Board of Education is expected to approve an African American studies course in 2020. Board members heard from dozens of students, educators and advocates during a public hearing Wednesday in Austin. Most who spoke favored the new course, which will be based on the curriculum created for a class in Dallas ISD. Click here to read more.
TEA poised to take over Houston ISD, two others

The Texas Education Agency plans to take control of Houston ISD in the coming months after years of concern about mismanagement and low performance in state ratings. The announcement by Education Commissioner Mike Morath has drawn push back from parents in the state's largest school district. Many spoke at a public forum this week.

TEA also may take over Shepherd and Snyder ISDs after poor performance ratings in recent years. Snyder is working on a plan to close its troubled junior high campus to avoid sanctions.
H-E-B seeks nominees for education awards

Dec. 11 is the deadline to submit applications for this year's H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. H-E-B honors teachers who show passion and commitment, innovation and creativity, and professional growth and development. Several TCTA members have been honored and received cash prizes through this program. You could be next!

  • Nov. 28 is Thanksgiving. (TCTA Headquarters will be closed Nov. 25-29.)
  • The State Board for Educator Certification meets Dec. 6 in Austin.
  • The TRS Board meets Dec. 12-13 in Austin.
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