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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.

TCTA testifies about reducing teacher training requirements

Oct 15, 2020

TCTA Director of Professional Development and Advocacy Holly Eaton gave invited testimony about reducing teacher training requirements to the Senate…

New requirement for elementary certification starts Jan. 1

Oct 8, 2020

TEA is reminding those seeking elementary-level certificates that after Dec. 31, 2020, candidates must also pass the Science of Teaching Reading exam…

CARES Act adds funds for education

Oct 2, 2020

On March 27, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The CARES Act is the third legislative…

Judge strikes down USDE equitable services rule

Sep 17, 2020

Public schools will not be required to send as much CARES Act funding to private schools after a federal judge struck down a U.S. Department of…

SBOE rejects three charter applications, clears way for five others

Sep 11, 2020

The State Board of Education on Sept. 11, 2020, vetoed three out of eight new charter school operators seeking to open schools across the state. They…

TEA launches new formative assessment resource

Aug 27, 2020

TEA recently announced the availability of a free, optional, online formative assessment resource tool consisting of a TEKS-aligned item bank,…

TEA issues guidance emphasizing staff wellness, resiliency, and overall well-being

Aug 20, 2020

TEA’s Highly Mobile and At-Risk Student Programs Division conducted a Virtual Listening Tour with nine school districts during Spring 2020 to better…

USDE finalizes TCTA-supported funding priority for teacher stipends for self-selected professional development

Aug 6, 2020

After receiving 89 comments, including TCTA’s, on a funding priority proposed in April, the U.S. Department of Education recently announced the…

Meet the 2019-20 TCTA award winners

Jul 29, 2020

TCTA's statewide awards honor those who have made outstanding contributions to public education, the teaching profession or TCTA during the past year.