Senate Committee Discusses Teacher Preparation, Certification and Retention

The Interim Senate Higher Education Committee met this morning to take testimony on teacher issues.  The first panel comprised Education Commissioner Michael Williams and Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes.  Highlights included:

TACT Supports Fewer Guns

This past Monday, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security heard testimony in support of loosening the state’s gun laws—with an open carry measure at the top of the list. 

This means that “open carry” could be coming to your campus soon. 


TACT Corners House Speaker Straus

While attending a political event this past weekend, TACT Vice President of Legislative Affairs Mary Jo Garcia Biggs found the opportunity to visit briefly with Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.  After initially mentioning our concern that many candidates have expressed support for guns on campus legislation, she described how universities are losing top faculty due to uncompetitive compensation.  Several years ago, system chancellors were testifying that Texas was hiring top talent from states that entered the recession before Texas; now some of those same faculty members are moving out of state to places investing more heavily in top instructors and researchers.

TACT First Alert January 14, 2014

Happy New Year and welcome back to campus. Best wishes for all of your academic new year’s resolutions.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst has released the following Interim Charges for higher education to be studied before the 84th Texas Legislature:

TACT First Alert August 15, 2013

UT-Austin President Bill Powers yesterday provided his faculty with a report on the future of online learning and asked for faculty input on issues such as blended learning, flipped classrooms, pedagogy and curriculum. He encouraged faculty to contribute further content that may be shared in nontraditional ways.

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