TEA readies survey on educator prep: TEA requires campus principals to complete an annual survey on the performance of first-year teachers and their educator preparation programs. Principals, superintendents, and HR personnel will have access to training posted on TEA's Website prior to the survey's distribution. 3/4/15
Expired forms: The DOL's model FMLA forms have expired. Until the agency issues new ones, employers should continue using the outdated forms. 3/4/15
Teacher shortages: NPR notes that several states, Texas included, have seen drops in enrollment in teacher training programs. 3/4/15
New definition of spouse for FMLA: DOL has revised FMLA regulations to extend FMLA rights to eligible workers in same-sex marriages. 2/27/15
Bills to watch: TASPA has published a list of bills that have a potential effect on school human resources operations. 2/19/15
Frisco ISD fast-tracks teacher hiring with electronic onboarding
Hiring and recordkeeping are now officially less of a hassle in Frisco ISD HR, where two electronic systems have helped the district save time and money and build relationships with new hires.
Some high school counselors find a new partner to deal with HB 5
Advise TX, a chapter of the College Advising Corps, provides “near peers” to help potential first-generation college students plan their post-secondary courses.
Texas teachers slightly more engaged than national average
The latest Gallup poll on teacher engagement shows that the majority of teachers are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their jobs.
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