TACT Registered in Support of Senate Bill 65

TACT registered in support yesterday of Senate Bill 65 by Senator Judith Zaffirini (D – Laredo) at the Committee on Higher Education, which she chairs.  The bill would provide additional leave for a faculty member physically assaulted during his performance of regular duties without that leave being deducted from his accrued leave.  The duration of that additional leave is equal to that “necessary for the employee to recuperate from any physical injury that results from the assault.”

Committee Members Selected

The Senate and House Committees have been named. The ones most actively monitored by TACT include Senate Finance and Higher Education (now its own committee) and the House Committees on Appropriations, Higher Education and Pensions and Investments.

Governor Perry Delivers State of the State

TACT Board Member and Past President Allen Martin attended today’s State of the State Address by Governor Rick Perry.

Coordinating Board’s Legislative Priorities

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has released its five-point agenda of legislative priorities, including formula funding and a significant increase in the number of students receiving Texas Grant funding.  This concise document may be viewed at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Reports/DocFetch.cfm?DocID=1683&Format=PDF.

TRS has released it Strategic Plan for 2009-2013

The Texas Retirement System of Texas (TRS) has released its Strategic Plan for 2009-2013.  The strategic objectives of the TRS, developed in accordance with the TRS Board of Trustees’ fiduciary duties and presented in the document, support the following priority goals of the State of Texas as related to higher education:

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