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84th Texas Legislature - Bills to Watch
Bills filed that are related to human resources/personnel functions are posted to the TASPA website. Use this link to access the "Bills to Watch" web page. As new bills are filed and when bills begin to "move," additional information will be provided.

HR 2014-15 Webinar Series - Webinar #4 Scheduled
TASPA, in partnership with the law firm of Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Treviño, P.C., proudly present the second webinar of the 2014-15 Webinar Series, "Avoiding Claims of Harassment, Retaliation and Discrimination," Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 10:00 – 11:15 AM.  Registration open soon.
  This webinar series is a TASPA member benefit and will be presented at no charge to TASPA members. Handouts and recorded webinars from previous webinars can be accessed here.

Travel and Mileage Reimbursement Rates
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has published the travel and mileage reimbursement rates to be effective January 1, 2015, through August 31, 2015. Read more.

TASPA Administrator Award Recipients Announced
During the TASPA/TAEE Winter Conference, nominees for the Dr. Mary Hopkins Personnel Administrator of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award were honored at an Awards Breakfast. Nominees for the Personnel Administrator of the Year Award were: Ken Carriere, Canyon ISD; Eddie Salcido, San Angelo ISD; and Dr. Robert Stewart, Denton ISD. Nominees for the Distinguished Service Award were: Jackie Brown, Region 11 ESC and Marna Robertson, Retired Member (recently with Dickinson ISD). Dr. Robert Stewart is the recipient of the Dr. Mary Hopkins Personnel Administrator of the Year Award, and Marna Robertson is the Distinguished Service Award winner. Congratulations to all nominees!

Honorary Membership was awarded to Sue Sansom, a TASPA Past President (formerly with Judson ISD). Congratulations to Sue!

UPDATED:  Guidance for Implementation of NCLB Highly Qualified (HQ) Teacher Requirements
The Texas Education Agency has updated the NCLB HQ guidance document (also referred to as a Q&A) effective September 5, 2014.   A link to updated document is now posted on TEA's HQ web page (found under General Information).

TEA Has Posted Critical Shortage Areas for 2014-2015
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has received approval from the US Department of Education (USDE) for the 2014-2015 teacher shortage areas. The approved shortage areas for the 2014-2015 school year are: Bilingual/English as a Second Language, Career and Technical Education, Computer Science, English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Science, and Special Education – Elementary and Secondary Levels. The approved shortage areas allow the administrator the ability to recruit and retain qualified teachers and to help reward teachers for their hard work using the loan forgiveness opportunities.  Read the entire TEA letter.

Commissioner Extends Teacher, Principal Evaluation Pilot
Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan seeking an extension of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In the letter, he also notified Secretary Duncan that the state would be adding an additional year to the pilot program for the new teacher and principal evaluation and support systems. Read the entire Press Release.

TASPA Receives National Recognition!
The American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) presented TASPA with the Arch S. Brown Award in recognition as their Affiliate of the Year. This honor was recognized at the national conference in Portland, Oregon. TASPA has won this award consecutively since 1999. Congratulations and special thanks go out to all of our members, sponsors and supporters without whom this award would not be possible!

TASB Sample Letter on Substitute Eligibility for TRS-ActiveCare
TASB HR Services has posted a sample letter on substitute eligibility for TRS-ActiveCare insurance.  This sample letter can be used by districts to notify substitutes of their eligibility to enroll in TRS-ActiveCare. If you have questions, call TASB HR Services at 800-580-7782 or e-mail

REMINDER:  NCLB Highly Qualified Teachers – 6th Grade Teachers

The change to 6th grade for HQ purposes does NOT take away the EC-6 and the 4-8 Generalist tests as ways to be HQ for 6th grade. It only adds routes to HQ, such as a 4-8 subject exam, a college major or college coursework, etc. The 6th grade is covered with both the EC-6 and 4-8 generalist tests.  Read the TEA letter here.

HR Job Postings
TASPA members are eligible to post HR job vacancies on the TASPA website. For information, contact Annabel Peña.

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