April 2018

April 2018

May elections – A Texas two-fer

Date Posted: 4/27/2018

Most everyone knows about the general election in November, and more folks are becoming aware of the importance of the March primaries, but May is also an important, albeit confusing election month.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: April 27, 2018

Date Posted: 4/27/2018

Here's your weekly wrap-up of education news from ATPE Governmental Relations.

TEA announces "Grow Your Own" grant recipients for 2018-19

Date Posted: 4/26/2018

On Wednesday, Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced the recipients of the  2018-19 "Grow Your Own" grant.

TEA finalizes plan to improve special education

Date Posted: 4/25/2018

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released its final action plan to address special education in Texas, which has been under scrutiny since 2017.

From The Texas Tribune: Texas teachers' pay is average. But their pensions are among the lowest in the country.

Date Posted: 4/20/2018

How do employment benefits for Texas educators compare to those in other states?

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: April 20, 2018

Date Posted: 4/20/2018

Here's your weekly wrap-up of education news from the ATPE Governmental Relations team.

Showdown at TRS quarterly board meeting

Date Posted: 4/20/2018

The TRS board met for its quarterly meeting in in Austin this week.

School finance commission focuses on tax policy

Date Posted: 4/19/2018

The Texas Commission on Public School Finance met today in Austin to cover an agenda focused on tax policy.

Public Education committee looks at A-F implementation

Date Posted: 4/18/2018

The House Public Education Committee met Wednesday for an interim hearing on the implementation of school finance, accountability, and bullying legislation, in addition to an update on the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the public school system.

The Rainy Day Fund roadshow makes a stop in the House Appropriations Committee

Date Posted: 4/18/2018

The House Appropriations Committee, similar to its counterpart in the Senate, heard a number of interim charges Wednesday.

SBOE wraps April meeting with inspiring educators

Date Posted: 4/13/2018

The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) wrapped up its April meeting Friday, which began with moving remarks by Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) 2017 Superintendent of the Year and Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) 2018 Teacher of the Year.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: April 13, 2018

Date Posted: 4/13/2018

Catch up on this week's education news from ATPE.

SBOE committee update: Dyslexia, CPE changes

Date Posted: 4/12/2018

The State Board of Education (SBOE) met in committees Thursday morning.

SBOE Receives Public Feedback on Their Long Range Plan

Date Posted: 4/12/2018

After completing their regular committee work, State Board members received a report on the feedback that was received from the community engagement sessions held around the state over the course of several months in late 2017 and early 2018.

TEA announces A-F accountability rating framework

Date Posted: 4/12/2018

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) on Tuesday announced its framework for the new accountability system set to go into effect as modified by House Bill (HB) 22 passed by the 85th Texas Legislature.

Commissioner update on STAAR glitches, SpEd plan, NAEP

Date Posted: 4/11/2018

The State Board of Education (SBOE) kicked off its April meeting Wednesday with an update from Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath.

SBOE approves Mexican American studies course

Date Posted: 4/11/2018

The State Board of Education (SBOE) met Wednesday morning for a list of items, beginning with an update from Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath on a recent glitch with the STAAR test, statewide test scores and the special education corrective action plan.

Long-Range Plan work ramping up

Date Posted: 4/09/2018

Members of the steering committee for the Long-Range Plan (LRP) for Public Education met Monday morning in Austin to get down to the work of preparing a report due this fall to the State Board of Education (SBOE).

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: April 6, 2018

Date Posted: 4/06/2018

Here's a wrap-up of your education news from ATPE.

Senate State Affairs Committee discusses future of TRS pension fund

Date Posted: 4/06/2018

The Senate State Affairs Committee met in Austin this week to discuss interim charges about the health of various state and municipal pension systems, including the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) of Texas.

School finance commission talks property taxes

Date Posted: 4/05/2018

The Texas Commission on Public School Finance met Thursday morning in Austin to discuss the role of tax revenue in the school finance system.

Senate Education holds interim hearing on virtual education

Date Posted: 4/04/2018

The Senate Education Committee met today in an interim hearing covering "high quality education opportunities," virtual education, and Texas's matching of the federal E-rate program.

Finance commission working group on outcomes meets

Date Posted: 4/04/2018

The Texas Commission on Public School Finance working group on outcomes met Wednesday evening for the subcommittee’s first formal public meeting.

Don't miss the next voter registration deadline

Date Posted: 4/03/2018

Texas has two elections coming up in May 2018 for which the deadlines to register to vote are quickly approaching.

TEA seeking public input on special education plan

Date Posted: 4/03/2018

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced Tuesday it is accepting public comments on the draft strategic plan for special education through noon, April 18.