May 2015

Poll results: Most districts will give modest pay raises in 2015–16

Modest pay increases are planned in 2015‒16, with raises varying significantly by location and enrollment size. Nearly 95 percent of districts with more than 3,000 students plan to increase pay. Only about half of small districts—those with less than 500 students—are likely to be giving raises.

TRS clarifies ACA enrollment reporting requirements, will assist ActiveCare districts

Affordable Care Act reporting is coming soon. TRS has announced plans to help districts with employees enrolled in TRS-ActiveCare PPOs with the process.

The benefit of paying the best teachers to teach more students

A new Edunomics Lab study concludes that districts can extend the reach of excellent teachers by expanding their classes and increasing their compensation.

Increased academic ability of teachers may signal improved quality

Two longitudinal studies offer encouraging evidence that more academically able people are choosing teaching careers.

A stronger economy may make district vacancies tougher to fill

Job seekers are embracing an improved economy, which may result in more vacancies and fewer job candidates.

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Are districts required to have a teacher's official transcript on file? Read the May Q&A to learn more about teacher transcripts.
Upcoming Events
Managing Personnel Records Effectively
May 20, 2015

ESC 13—Austin

Do you know what documents should be kept and for how long? This workshop will help you develop an effective plan to ensure your personnel records are complete and accurate and to reduce the time, effort, and space required to manage both paper and electronic personnel records.

M.I.A.—Managing Inevitable Absences
June 9, 2015

TASB Offices-Austin, TX
It’s inevitable—employees are going to miss work. The challenge is keeping up with who is out, what type of leave applies, and managing notifications and return to work. The first step is to identify and understand the leave benefits available to public school employees. This workshop explains the various types of leave and how they interact. Other topics covered include communicating with departments and employees, coordinating leave and workers’ compensation benefits, understanding the role of policy, processing leave, and identifying strategies for reducing employee absences.

Get a Grip on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
June 10, 2015

TASB Offices-Austin, TX
Every leave request is unique, so how do you get a grip on all the rules for applying and processing family and medical leave? Using actual situations in exercises and case studies, participants will learn how to apply FMLA regulations, identify potential problem areas, and develop procedures for administering family and medical leave. Scenarios related to standard FMLA, leave for qualifying exigency, and military caregiver leave will be used to discover answers to the most frequently asked family and medical leave questions.