January 2018

January 2018

SBOE and SBEC gather to focus on educator supports

Date Posted: 1/31/2018

The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) and State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) came together under one roof for the first time Wednesday to participate in a learning roundtable on recruiting, preparing and retaining top teachers hosted by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA).

SBOE begins first meeting of 2018

Date Posted: 1/30/2018

The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) met Tuesday in Austin for its first meeting of 2018, which comes incidentally at the same time as the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Midwinter Conference.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Jan. 26, 2018

Date Posted: 1/26/2018

It was a busy week in the world of public education, with your ATPE Governmental Relations team keeping tabs on various business at the state level. Here's a rundown of this week's developments.

School finance commission holds first meeting

Date Posted: 1/23/2018

The Texas Commission on Public School Finance held its first meeting Tuesday in Austin following its creation as part of House Bill (HB) 21, which was passed during the 85th Texas Legislature’s first special session.

TEA releases draft of special education corrective actions

Date Posted: 1/19/2018

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released an initial draft plan Thursday in response to an order from the U.S. Department of Education to implement corrective actions to ensure all special education students receive the supports guaranteed under federal law.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Jan. 19, 2018

Date Posted: 1/19/2018

Here's the latest education news from ATPE's Governmental Relations team.

Important update on TRS retiree healthcare

Date Posted: 1/19/2018

ATPE has just received the following announcement from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) regarding participants, members, or their dependents who originally terminated coverage with TRS-Care between July 1, 2017- January 1, 2018, but want to return.

Texas Attorney General questions voter engagement activities in schools

Date Posted: 1/18/2018

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a non-binding opinion on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the request of Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) regarding certain school district and third-party activities to encourage and facilitate voting by school employees and students.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Jan. 12, 2018

Date Posted: 1/12/2018

Here's a look at this week's education news highlights.

From The Texas Tribune: Feds say Texas illegally failed to educate students with disabilities

Date Posted: 1/11/2018

A U.S. Department of Education investigation concluded Thursday that Texas violated federal law by failing to ensure students with disabilities were properly evaluated and provided with an adequate public education.

TEA submits revised federal ESSA plan

Date Posted: 1/10/2018

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath wrote school administrators yesterday to inform them that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) submitted its revised plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Jan. 5, 2018

Date Posted: 1/05/2018

Happy New Year! Here's a look at this week's education news from ATPE Governmental Relations.

Texas receives feedback from feds on ESSA plan

Date Posted: 1/05/2018

Over the holiday break, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) issued feedback to Texas on its final plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which it submitted in September.

2018 Resolutions

Date Posted: 1/05/2018

January is a time of new beginnings - a new year, a new semester, and new chances to do things better than before. In every evenly numbered year, January is also a time of renewed emphasis on elections, a renewal of their own, serving as a critical part of our American form of government.

SBOE seeks local educators' input

Date Posted: 1/03/2018

The State Board of Education (SBOE) will conduct two meetings this month and three more in February to allow local stakeholders, including educators, to participate in discussions regarding the Long-Range Plan for Public Education.