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TCTA follows and compiles the latest news impacting teachers and other classroom personnel. We actively monitor and bring you the latest information from the Texas Education Agency, the State Board of Education, the State Board for Educator Certification, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and the U.S. Department of Education. We also include summaries of the latest news in the TCTA eUpdate newsletter.

State board rejects most health materials in preliminary vote

Nov 18, 2021

In a preliminary vote Tuesday evening, the State Board of Education rejected all but one of the proposed health instructional materials aligned with…

Legislation filed in D.C. to revise WEP calculation for Social Security benefits

Nov 18, 2021

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady has once again filed legislation that would revise one of the two Social Security penalties that affect many Texas school…

Despite scrutiny over books in schools, law hasn't changed

Nov 4, 2021

As the bookshelves in school libraries and classrooms are facing heightened scrutiny, the political controversy has many Texas teachers questioning…

TEA emphasizes support for teachers in transition to online assessment in 2022-23

Nov 4, 2021

TEA announced new resources to support school districts in the transition to online state summative assessments in the 2022-23 school year, including…

Districts can apply for up to $500,000 in grants for tutoring stipends

Oct 28, 2021

TEA's TCLAS grant program, High Quality Afterschool Supports, provides up to $500,000 in funding to pay for tutor and teacher stipends if a district…

TCTA answers questions about "critical race theory" bills

Oct 21, 2021

We’ve put together this Q&A to help teachers better understand the "critical race theory" law and their own responsibilities.

TEA removes waiver option for science lab spaces after TCTA objections

Oct 14, 2021

In TEA’s final adopted rules on school facility standards, several changes were made in response to requests from TCTA.

SBEC gives initial approval to rules governing contract abandonment

Oct 1, 2021

SBEC gave initial approval at its October meeting to amend rules related to contract abandonment and the circumstances under which teachers may…

TCTA urges board to reduce teacher CPE mandates

Oct 1, 2021

TCTA urged SBEC to reduce teacher CPE mandates during testimony at the board's October meeting to discuss options for implementing SB 1267.

Changes coming to STAAR in 2022–23

Oct 1, 2021

Visit TEA's STAAR Redesign webpage to learn more about four changes coming to STAAR.