TACT Supports Chair Zaffirini’s Insistence on Excellence

The following email was sent from TACT to Chairwoman Zaffirini following a hearing yesterday of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Dear Senator Zaffirini:

Thank you for your deft chairmanship today at SHEC, to use your acronym, but I especially wanted to recognize your opening comments for your insistence on excellence.

Senator Zaffirini Asks TACT’s Support for Faculty Bill

Texas Senate Higher Education Committee Chair Judith Zaffirini is considering re-filing last session’s SB 67, the faculty assault leave bill. It would require that faculty receive their full compensation while recuperating from an assault while performing their duties, without any reduction of any other accrued leave.

Because TACT supported the legislation in 2011, we were contacted to confirm that we still favor the concept. The language of the former bill may be found here.

ORP Resources

Convenient links to the most popular ORP carriers in Texas higher education are found here.

For a comprehensive overview of the rules and rate histories of TRS and ORP, you may view the report provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Coordinating Board to Review Affordability

This Thursday's Higher Education Coordinating Board is discussing the cost of higher education. Few issues are more important than this Thursday’s Agenda Item IV-A: Discussion of Financial Aid Strategies to Encourage Student Success. TACT will be there for you, and we encourage you to listen in, write your thoughts, e-mail us an article, and join in the conversation.

At approximately 9:00 AM Thursday, July 26, Board Members will hear from national experts about best practices to prevent pricing students out of higher education while state appropriations are diminishing.

The TACT May eBulletin Is Now Available!

 TACT eBulletin

 May 2012

The Official Newsletter of the Texas Association of College Teachers

Click here for the electronic eBulletin or go to:

http://tact.org/bulletin/may12

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