Highlights of 2017 State HoD

TSTA/NEA Member Matters

April 2017


Highlights of the TSTA state convention

At its April 7-8 state convention in Houston, TSTA honored the following: former Texas Teacher of the Year Revathi Balakrishnan, who won the Ermalee Boice Instructional Advocacy Award; Richard Martin, Ronnie Ray ESP Advocate of the Year; Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Mickey Leland Memorial Award for Social Justice; Carla A. Ranger, Frank Tejeda Award; and Rep. Diego Bernal, Friend of Education. Delegates also reelected President Noel Candelaria, Vice President Ovidia Molina, and NEA Director Linda Estrada to three-year terms.

Walker named top ESP

NEA-Dallas member Sheila Walker, a community liaison at Lincoln High School in Dallas ISD, was named 2017 ESP of the Year at the TSTA Education Support Professionals Conference April 9 in Houston. Massachusetts paraeducator Saul Ramos, who was named national ESP of the Year by NEA, was the keynote speaker.

Bipartisan House majority soundly rejects vouchers

On April 6, the Texas House approved an amendment to the Appropriations Bill prohibiting the use of state funds for private school vouchers. The House rejected vouchers by a 104-43 vote. The broad bipartisan opposition to vouchers sends a powerful message to Lt Gov. Dan Patrick and his Senate. more

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Please read this week's full report from Public Affairs Director Ed Martin and Government Relations Specialists Portia Bosse and John Grey.


Retired educators need more than kind words and fond memories

Attorney general joins the attack on educators

Dan Patrick disrespects educators, then misleads public

Senate did not protect any taxpayers from voucher bill


What to watch: Texas House defies Senate, decries vouchers - again

Has the Top 10 Percent Rule impacted diversity at UT-Austin? It's complicated.

New Texas school buses could be required to have seat belts

Analysis: A state school finance system that can choke a city's growth

Senate panel weighs alternate graduation route for students who fail exams

ECISD'S District of Innovation Plan could bring changes

Study: Pflugerville ISD should increase employee pay

Four things Texans want the Legislature to know about special education

What the charter school industry can learn from Enron - before it's too late

Paraprofessionals come together to fight the stigma of mental illness

Commentary: Texas should invest in a strong education system for all

House Education Committee backs bill overhauling A-F system

Texas lawmakers discuss bill to prohibit special education 'cap'

Senate approves two-year tuition freeze, 1% cap on increases after that

Lawmakers consider requiring Texas schools to test water for lead

Texas lawmakers are letting teachers down

TEA issues report on rural and small schools


Take a short survey on the needs of schools serving students with disabilities

Submit your story: TEA establishes #IAmTXEd website

March for Science: how to participate in Texas