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Patrick releases more interim charges

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick posted another batch of interim charges to Senate committees to look into ahead of the next legislative session.
Below are the topics Patrick listed that impact public schools and teachers.

Senate Education Committee

Teacher Compensation: Study current local, state, and/or national compensation strategies for classroom teachers and make recommendations to elevate the teaching profession as well as comprehensive policies to attract, retain, and reward teachers.
Classroom Conduct and Teacher Support: Examine current student discipline mandates in code, study best practice models to reduce classroom discipline issues, and provide direct support for students and classroom teachers.

House Higher Education Committee

Review current data available to the public about Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) and make recommendations to ensure the data is transparent, user-friendly, and actionable. Review the current EPP accountability system and recommend any new indicators or changes, including evaluating the ability of programs to meet the workforce needs of school districts by preparing teachers for high-needs areas.

Determine ways to measure the effectiveness of teachers prepared by individual programs. For traditional EPPs, make recommendations on how to more fully involve boards of regents in an effort to elevate the importance of teacher preparation within our state institutions. Examine current joint partnerships between EPPs and public schools to meet regional workforce needs, and make recommendations on how to scale these partnerships. 
Read the House charges released in October.
Read the Senate charges released in October.

STEM jobs among the fastest growing in America

Employment projection data released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics highlights the fastest-growing jobs in the United States. The data shows jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are as abundant as ever.
Mathematicians, statisticians, software developers, information security analysts, and technicians are all on the rise, with a projection of 28 percent growth or higher between 2016–2026.
Conversely, some of the jobs decreasing in demand are those being replaced by robots. Parking enforcement workers, word processors, typists, computer and telephone operators, and data entry keyers are all projected to decrease by 21 percent or more during the next 10 years.
To view the data in detail, refer to the following article from Bloomberg.