October 2015

Paying employees a “living wage” is gaining traction in Texas, U.S.

Public employers are increasingly leading the way when it comes to paying the lowest-wage workers enough to cover their basic living expenses. Lack of action on increasing the minimum wage has led some Texas public employers to raise wages for those who make the least.

Paperless HR departments valued by private, school HR professionals

An informal survey of HR professionals indicates that paperless HR departments are more productive, spending less time on paperwork. One Texas school district has gone paperless with good results.

What happens when principals make teacher retention decisions?

When the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC, school district was forced to lay teachers off in 2008‒09, it allowed principals to help identify those who would be let go, with some interesting results.

Fewer college grads apply for TFA corps, but diversity is growing

TFA has seen a drop in its applicants this year, much like teacher prep programs around the country. At the same time, the organization is doing an exemplary job of recruiting diverse candidates.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the Human Capital Symposium

TxCEE, TASB, and TASPA are cosponsoring the Human Capital Symposium for HR administrators. Learn from others who have reinvented their professional development, teacher evaluations, and compensation plans.


Can an employee use only paid leave (no FML) to cover an extended absence if he or she has enough leave accumulated? Read our October Q&A to find out.
Upcoming Events
Accommodating Disabilities in the Workplace
Oct. 15, 2015


HR administrators and supervisors need to know how to respond to employees who need or request an accommodation because of a disability, medical issue, and return to work limitations. The challenges in these situations include determining what qualifies as a disability, identifying reasonable accommodations, and insuring the process is interactive. Presenters will provide a common sense approach to implementing a process that is efficient and compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Hiring Effective Teachers and Keeping Them
Oct. 22, 2015

ESC 4—Houston

The key to improving student performance is ensuring that each classroom is staffed with an effective teacher. Selecting the right teacher involves using interview questions based on teaching competencies and knowing how to identify effective responses. Issues in teacher retention and engagement will be discussed and strategies for keeping top performers will be presented.

Supervisor's Guide to Managing Employees
Oct. 29, 2015

ESC 3—Victoria

Supervisors need to understand basics of employment law and how to avoid placing the district at risk for employee grievances and lawsuits. This workshop will give supervisors a basic understanding of the major employment laws and how to prevent claims of discrimination, retaliation, and unfair treatment. Practical hands-on case studies and group discussions will show supervisors how to handle personnel situations appropriately and coach employees to do their jobs more effectively. 

Texas School HR Administrator’s Academy (HR Academy)
Nov. 9, 2015

November 9-10, 2015
Austin Marriott North

Be prepared to hit the ground running, not one step behind! Co-sponsored by TASB and the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA), the HR Academy provides new administrators with the information and resources they need to meet the new challenges of a career in HR. Experienced attorneys, school human resource administrators, and human resource consultants will present topic sessions on the primary HR functions and critical issues every new administrator encounters. A notebook of resources is included in the registration fee.

Dollars and Sense—Good Pay Practices
Nov. 19, 2015

TASB Offices-Austin, TX

Understanding the strategy and architecture behind the district’s compensation plan is critical to recruiting and retaining top-notch staff and controlling costs. This workshop is designed for anyone who administers pay, recommends salaries, or explains it to employees or the board of trustees. Key components of pay administration will be covered including pay strategies, pay structures, pay adjustments, and placement for new or promoted employees.