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Proposed Changes to Staff Development Waivers

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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) proposed changes to the 2024-2025 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) which would make districts with a four-day school week ineligible for staff development waivers beginning with the 2025-2026 school year.

TEA also proposed that 2024-2025 waivers apply only to real-time staff development that all district staff participate in simultaneously in lieu of student instruction. "Exchange/trade” days or professional development that staff receive on their own time outside of the school/workday may not be counted toward the waiver minutes allotted for staff development.

In 2023-2024, approximately 36 districts operating on a four-day school week were approved for staff development waivers. Additional data on state waiver applications is available on the TEA waivers report page.

The proposed SAAH changes can be viewed on the TEA website. Districts concerned about these changes must submit comments to TEA by July 22. Public comments can be submitted online using the prescribed TEA form.

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April Mabry
April Mabry
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April Mabry oversees HR Services training services, member library products, and the HRX newsletter. She has provided HR training and guidance to Texas public schools  since 1991. Mabry was a classroom teacher for 11 years in Texas and Michigan.

Mabry has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan and certification as a professional in human resources (PHR) and is a SHRM-CP.

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