Higher Education Costs and Officer Elections

What is the price of ignorance?  Much higher than the price of higher education, according to a new International Youth Foundation study.  While the cost of higher education continues to be lambasted in political arenas, not going to college proves to be much more expensive than paying for a degree.  According to the article, an investment in a college education yields a higher lifetime return than even an investment in stocks and bonds.

TACT Elections.  The State Board has adopted the Nominating Committee’s recommended slate of officers for the upcoming 2012-2013 year.  The slate is:

  • President-Elect:  Cynthia Simpson (Sam Houston State University)
  • Vice-President of Legislative Affairs: Mary Jo Garcia Biggs (Texas State University)
  • Vice-President of Membership: Chad Rose (Sam Houston State University)

Please send an email to tact@bizaustin.rr.com to cast your vote.  Please indicate whether you approve or disapprove of the candidates.  Voting is open for one week, through next Wednesday April 11, 2012.  Results will be announced next week at the conclusion of the voting period.

The Southwest Teaching and Learning Conference took place this past Friday and Saturday at Texas A&M – San Antonio.  TACT was a sponsor of the event that focused on how technology enhances the teaching and learning process.  The Keynote Speaker was Ms. Elaine Mendoza, former Vice-Chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and current Regent of The Texas A&M University System.

The TACT Spring Membership Drive is in full force!  New or renewing members can join now for the discounted price of only $125, which includes TACT membership and the Educators’ Professional Liability Insurance.  The price is good through May 31st, so tell your colleagues now!

Illinois TRS might be heading toward insolvency, according to an article in Springfield’s State Journal-Register.  In a confidential email, the executive director suggests decreasing benefits for already retired teachers.  In contrast, you can be assured that TACT is closely monitoring and will continue to monitor the TRS of Texas. We can report that it is actuarially sound, and we will continue to be vigilant on behalf of our members.