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Legislature directs some pre-K spending on quality standards

The 85th Texas Legislature last year eliminated funding for a grant program designed to improve the quality of prekindergarten (pre-K) programs but adopted a budget rider requiring all districts and charter schools offering pre-K to use a portion of their regular formula … Continue reading

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Texas limits out-of-school suspensions for young students

Texas public school students in prekindergarten through grade 2 no longer may be placed in out-of-school suspension for certain disciplinary infractions under a law enacted this year by the 85th Legislature. HB 674 by E. Johnson, which took effect June … Continue reading

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Report analyzes Texas teacher salaries by region

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently reported results from a legislatively mandated study on teacher pay in Texas. According to the Professional Employee Salary Report, published by TEA in November, data submitted for the study indicated that Texas public school teachers, on average, receive … Continue reading

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Retired teacher health program projects funding shortfall

The state’s health insurance program for retired teachers, TRS-Care, is expected to have a funding shortfall of $875 million in fiscal 2016-17, according to a recent presentation by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) to the Legislative Budget Board. TRS, which administers the … Continue reading

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Teacher evaluation pilot to be extended

In a letter requesting an extension of the state’s waiver from certain provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law, the education commissioner has notified the U.S. Department of Education that Texas intends to extend for an additional year … Continue reading

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