Take Our Survey

   December 6, 2018

Please take our survey; we need your input

We know you get a lot of emails, more than you want, but please don’t delete an email you should be receiving from Education Insights. The subject line will be “Texas Educator Survey.” This one is legitimate. It is a member survey from TSTA and your chance to update TSTA leadership on your professional concerns, what you like and don’t like about your job and your thoughts on the state of public education in Texas.

We need your participation, which will take only a few minutes from your busy schedule. Thank you for helping us out.

Register for the next TEA Special Education Policy Forum

Two more forums are scheduled, on Friday, Dec. 14 and Friday, Jan. 11. Each will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the American Institutes for Research in Austin. Personnel and staffing will be discussed in the Dec. 14 forum, and continuous professional education and certification by exam will be on the agenda Jan. 11

Click here to register and for more information.

Speak out against rule to deprive Texas children of
life-saving government services

You still have a chance to help stop a harmful, proposed federal rule called “Public Charge,” but please hurry because the deadline for comments is next Monday, Dec. 10. If it were to become final, this rule would deny low-income, working families the chance to become lawful immigrants and discourage U.S. citizens who have immigrant family members from applying for the government assistance they need for food, health care and housing, including Medicaid and SNAP (or food stamps).

More than one in four Texas children live in a family with a parent who is not a U.S. citizen, and nearly 6 million Texans live in families that include non-citizens. Many millions of Texans would be penalized in addition to the immigrants seeking green cards.

Click here to submit your comments about the hardships this rule would cause millions of Texas children and their families.

Win a $7,500 school lounge makeover for your campus

California Casualty is sponsoring this contest because it believes the lounge is one of the most neglected areas of a school. So, enter now and encourage everyone at your school to join you. To learn more about the contest and to enter go to this link. The entry deadline is July 12, 2019, but why wait? There is a limit of one entry per person but no limit on the number of entries from a campus.

“We’ve seen the dedication of administrators, teachers and staff firsthand, and we’re proud to show our appreciation,” said California Casualty Senior Vice President Mike McCormick.

Don’t forget the California fire victims; they still need our help

You can help members of the California Teachers Association by sending donations to CTA Disaster Relief Fund, 1705 Murchison Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010.

Here are some other places to contribute:

GoFundMe fundraiser for educators and students in the Paradise/Chico area 

GoFundMe fundraiser for Butte College Education Association faculty/staff 

GoFundMe fundraiser for Butte College students 

Santa Monica-Malibu educators GoFundMe fundraiser


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