March 2018

March 2018

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: March 30, 2018

Date Posted: 3/30/2018

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

Senate Education Committee hears from ATPE on teacher compensation

Date Posted: 3/28/2018

The Senate Education Committee met Monday to discuss three interim charges assigned to the committee by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: teacher compensation, classroom conduct, and the Texas special education corrective active plan.

Texas ESSA plan approved by feds

Date Posted: 3/26/2018

Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has given final approval to Texas's plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal education law that replaced No Child Left Behind.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: March 23, 2018

Date Posted: 3/23/2018

Here's a look at this week's education news highlights from the ATPE lobby team.

Congressional leaders reach deal on spending that includes boost to education dollars

Date Posted: 3/22/2018

Budget negotiators in Congress have reached an agreement on a deal to keep the lights on in Washington.

Finance commission working group talks expenditures

Date Posted: 3/20/2018

Members of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance’s working group on expenditures met Tuesday morning at the Texas Capitol.

Making better use of the state's rainy day fund when it's not raining

Date Posted: 3/20/2018

The Senate Finance Committee met today to take up a number of Senate interim charges.

Poll: Texans support more school funding

Date Posted: 3/19/2018

On the same day members of the general public will be allowed to testify before the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, education advocates unveiled new polling data indicating a broad, bipartisan majority of Texans believe the state should spend more money on public schools.

Finance commissioners get earful from public

Date Posted: 3/19/2018

The Texas Commission on Public School Finance met Monday for the fifth time, kicking off what is expected to be the only meeting during which members of the general public will be given the opportunity to speak to the 13-member body.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: March 16, 2018

Date Posted: 3/16/2018

It's your St. Patrick's Day weekend edition of ATPE's Week in Review for Teach the Vote.

From The Texas Tribune: Texas AG Ken Paxton ramps up fight against schools' "illegal electioneering"

Date Posted: 3/16/2018

Education advocates and some officials who have received cease-and-desist letters and open records requests from the state's top lawyer say the actions are politically motivated.

From The Texas Tribune: Will Texas school finance panel tell schools to do more with less? Some members think it's predetermined

Date Posted: 3/16/2018

A state panel responsible for proposing improvements to Texas' embattled public school finance system is facing criticism from an unexpected source: some of its own members, who say the panel's hearings seem geared toward a predetermined outcome of making schools do more with their current funding.

Now that you've voted in the primaries...

Date Posted: 3/15/2018

Congratulations, you made it through the March 6 primaries! Okay, now what?

Your chance to talk to the school finance commission!

Date Posted: 3/14/2018

If you’re a regular Teach the Vote reader (as you should be!), you’ve probably been following our updates from the Texas Commission on Public School Finance. Now’s your chance to participate!

House panel report includes education recommendations

Date Posted: 3/13/2018

On Tuesday, the House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness released its formal report containing recommendations for ensuring Texas remains the nation’s most desirable destination for relocating or opening up new businesses.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: March 9, 2018

Date Posted: 3/09/2018

Here is this week's wrap-up of education news from ATPE.

ATPE weighs in on proposed rules addressing out-of-state educators

Date Posted: 3/08/2018

ATPE submitted comments this week on new proposed commissioner's rules regarding exempting certain out-of-state educators looking to teach in Texas from state certification assessments.

Wrapping the Texas Primary Election

Date Posted: 3/07/2018

While dissecting yesterday’s election has only just begun, here are two immediate takeaways from last night.

Primary Election Statement from Texas Educators Vote

Date Posted: 3/07/2018

Texas Educators Vote congratulates educators across the state for turning out in record numbers to vote in yesterday’s primary election.

School finance commission focuses on charters

Date Posted: 3/07/2018

The Texas Commission on School Finance met for the fourth time Wednesday in Austin.

Texas primary election day reminders

Date Posted: 3/06/2018

Today is election day for the Republican and Democratic primaries in Texas. If you did not vote early, get out to the polls today!

Guest Post: Learn about Republican party precinct conventions

Date Posted: 3/05/2018

Party Precinct Conventions: How educators can influence Texas politics from the grassroots up – it's easier than you think!

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: March 2, 2018

Date Posted: 3/02/2018

Read the latest election news and more in this week's wrap-up from ATPE.

Recap of today's SBEC meeting

Date Posted: 3/02/2018

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) met today for its first meeting of 2018.

Next-level election engagement: Volunteering for a campaign

Date Posted: 3/01/2018

With some politicians and special interest groups trying to discourage educators from voting and becoming politically active, many in the education community are more fired up than ever to get involved and help shape the future of politics in Texas.