November 2015

HR Extras

Districts must provide suicide prevention training for educators

A new  law (H.B. 2186) passed by the 84th Texas Legislature requires yearly suicide prevention training for all new school district and open enrollment charter school educators. Experienced educators must also receive training on a schedule determined by Texas Education Agency (TEA) rules.
 
The training districts select must come from one of two sources:
Districts must decide which training program they prefer and establish a recordkeeping process to track the names of educators completing the program for audit purposes.

Loan forgiveness programs can help districts attract, retain teachers

Districts are all looking for an advantage when it comes to hiring and retaining teachers. Particularly during the hiring crunch, they sometimes forget the tools they already have at their disposal.
 
Informing teachers about the loan forgiveness options available to them is one of those tools. More than 6,450 schools in Texas qualify for teacher loan forgiveness for because they are low-income schools. TEA has posted the loan forgiveness options available to Texas teachers on its Website.
 
The Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers Web page details the options available, including the Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, TEACH for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and the Federal Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation. Other grant and loan resources are also listed.
 
E-mail TEA for additional information on loan forgiveness programs.

2016’s toughest jobs to fill include jobs common in school districts

Recruiters would be the first to say it’s not getting any easier to find the best people to fill vacancies. That will remain true in 2016, and a handful of jobs will be especially challenging to fill. They are as follows:
  • Data Scientist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • General and Operations Manager
  • Home Health Aide
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Marketing Manager
  • Medical Services Manager
  • Physical Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Software Engineer
Of these jobs, districts likely employ registered nurses and physical therapists. Some might employ software engineers and information security analysts. The competition for these in-demand candidates is only getting tougher, so making sure pay rates stay competitive is a must, as is emphasizing benefits and working conditions.