Monthly Archives: March 2011

More Questions As HB 6 is Examined

Several questions have been raised concerning HB 6.  I don’ t have all the answers but I will attempt to answer them as best I can. Question 1: In Section 31.001 it states: Except as provided by Section 31.104(d), a … Continue reading

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HB 6: Goodbye Technology Allotment, Hello Instructional Materials Allotment

House Bill 6, which makes major changes in the textbook process and restructures the funding of textbooks and technology, was filed on March 8th.Representative Rob Eissler, chairman of the House Public Education Committee, is the author of the bill. I’ve … Continue reading

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SB 773 and SB 834 Introduced in Senate Committee

Senate Bill 773 and Senate Bill 834 both were heard in the Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011.  Senator Zaffirini introduced SB 773 and Senator Deulle introduced SB 834.  Both of these bills extends the … Continue reading

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SB 773 to be Heard in Senate Committee

On Tuesday, March 8th, Senator Zaffirini (D-Laredo) will introduce SB 773 at the Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee meeting.  The meeting will begin at 8:00 AM. This bill extends the telecommunication discount until 2024.  This issue was explained in … Continue reading

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House Appropriation Committee Meets to Discuss Current Deficit

The House Appropriation Committee met on March 3, 2011 to be briefed by the State Comptroller’s office on the current deficit for the current biennium.  The state of Texas has a two-year budget and the current budget was written by … Continue reading

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Educational Technology Day at the Texas Capitol

The Texas legislature is faced with an unprecedented budget shortfall and has proposed eliminating the Technology Allotment.  These funds help to provide the network, equipment, digital content, Internet access, and professional development that today’s students and teachers need to prepare … Continue reading

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U.S. Congress Takes Aim at Ed. Tech. Funding

The Ed Tech Action Network sent out a action alert this morning.  They provide two ways for us to respond.  Below is their notice. Ed tech needs good teachers, and teachers need good ed tech! Yet the U.S. House of … Continue reading

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