First Alerts

Another Attack on Texas Public Education and, of course, on the Middle Class

The Teacher Retirement System was created in 1937 as a way to make teaching in Texas a desirable career. TRS is one of the largest and healthiest pension funds in the nation. It consistently outperforms expected rates of return and serves as a backbone of attracting quality people into the education profession in the Lone Star State.

TACT Legislative Successes During the Past Three Years

1. Led movement to defeat Guns on Campus legislation for six years until it passed in 2015 with the TACT amendments permitting opt-out for private universities and faculty offices.

2. Initiated attention to the phrase “unfunded mandate” regarding Hazelwood legislation.

3. Contributed to significantly increased higher education appropriations during 2015 Legislative Session.

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https://fyi.capitol.texas.gov/Home.aspx

This link can also be found here, on the TACT website, under the Legislative menu above.

Senate Committee Examines Funding Models

The Senate Higher Education Committee convened today to take testimony about alternative methods of university finance, such as competency-based and performance funding models. Currently, an all-funds model is used, primarily involving a contact hour formula system.

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 TACT New Board Members

President-Elect -- Lisa Hobson

Vice-President of Membership -- Teresa Klein

Vice-President of Legislative Affairs -- Patrick Burkart

Directors-At-Large -- Matthew Capps, Lynn Tatum, Gary Coulton, Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, Peter Hugill, Ann McGlashan, Jonathan Coopersmith

Terms and first meeting of new board members will be on June 2, 2018.

Primary discussion is legislative issues for 2019. Please feel free to respond to this email with any legislative priorities you may have.