Congratulations, TASPA Members!
Many thanks for your continued support!
84th Texas Legislature - Bills to Watch
Bills that have been sent to the Governor, related to human resources/personnel functions, are posted to the TASPA website. Use this link to access the "Bills to Watch" web page. These bills include those signed by the Governor and their effective dates.
TASPA Board Names New Executive Director
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Rose M. Benitez has been named the new TASPA Executive Director. Dr. Benitez will take over officially on July 1, 2015. She will replace Melva V. Cárdenas who has served TASPA for the past 5 1/2 years. Read the announcement here.
HR 2014-15 Webinar Series Now Concluded
TASPA, in partnership with the law firm of Walsh Gallegos
Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C., was able to present the second annual webinar for the
2014-15 school year. This webinar series has been a TASPA member benefit and was presented at no charge to TASPA members. Handouts and selected recorded webinars from the 2014-15 webinar series can be accessed here. Many thanks to Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C. and especially to their attorneys who shared their knowledge and expertise with our members!
TEA Principal Survey
TEA has distributed a survey that campus principals across the state are required to complete. The survey will collect data regarding the performance of first-year teachers and the effectiveness of educator preparation programs in preparing first-year teachers to succeed in the classroom. The survey collection began on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. All surveys must be submitted by Monday, June 15, 2015. Questions regarding principal survey can be submitted to email@example.com.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 related job vacancies on the TASPA Career Center. For information, contact Annabel Peña.
TASPA is an affiliate of the
American Association of School Personnel Administrators.