HB 3 provides funds for optional additional days of elementary instruction

If you’d like an opportunity to help students who need a little extra instructional time while making some additional money in the process, you might get that chance starting next year if your district opts into a new program authorized by House Bill 3.

Your district might be considering taking advantage of the provisions of HB 3 that provide half-day funding for districts and charter schools to add up to 30 instructional days to one or more elementary schools (grades pre-K through 5). TEA is promoting the idea that districts receiving the funding should use it, at least in part, for augmenting teacher salaries. The first round of funding is available starting Sept. 1, 2020, through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

TRS seeks teachers' input on opening regional offices

TRS is exploring the possibility of opening regional offices across the state to expand member service delivery options. Check your email inbox for the survey from TRS. Tuesday, Jan. 21, is the deadline to give feedback. Click here for more information about the survey and the project.
TCTA member to serve on national retirement council

TCTA congratulates former TCTA state president Nanette Sissney of Whitesboro, who will serve on the Legislative Committee of the National Council on Teacher Retirement. NCTR is an independent association dedicated to safeguarding the integrity of U.S. public retirement systems. Sissney is in her second term as a TRS trustee and currently serves as vice chair of the TRS Board. Click here to read more.
TCTA member to serve on TEA advisory committee

TCTA congratulates Budget Committee Chairwoman Melody Young of Sherman for her appointment to the Texas Education Agency's HB 3906 assessment advisory committee, which will advise the commissioner and TEA on the development of academically appropriate state assessment instruments. Young will serve on the committee for the next five years.
Teacher sues district, claiming discrimination

A teacher sued her school district, claiming that it discriminated against her and retaliated when she complained about the discrimination. The teacher originally filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging that she was subject to workplace discrimination and a hostile work environment. That complaint led to a lawsuit that was dismissed. One week later, the teacher filed a second complaint with the EEOC. It led to another lawsuit, which also was dismissed, and the teacher appealed the dismissal to the court of appeals.

USDE creates webinar on restraint and seclusion policies

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced an initiative to examine the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in public schools. As part of this initiative, the department created a free webinar to help educators understand how Section 504, Title II and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act inform the development and implementation of policies governing the use of restraint and seclusion.
Teachers can learn about AI with free online training

mindSpark Learning has partnered with IBM to provide teachers with free training about artificial intelligence and its role in the classroom. The IBM AI for Teachers experience is for educators at all levels in all content areas. Learn what AI is, the ethics behind AI and tools to bring AI into your classroom.

TEA releases 2018-19 School Report Cards

TEA has released 2018-19 School Report Cards, which inform parents about a campus' academic performance and demographics.

Book your discounted hotel room by Wednesday

If you plan to attend TCTA's 2020 Annual Meeting on Feb. 7 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, make sure you reserve your hotel room by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, to secure TCTA's discounted room rate of $170 per night. Click here for the full meeting schedule. We hope to see you soon!
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