Highlights of 2017 State HoD
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.