The individual school district amounts for the 2014-2015 Instructional Materials Allotment have been released by the Texas Education Agency. Texas schools won’t be able to access these funds until September 1, 2014. This makes purchasing textbooks for the new school year a little tricky. Districts usually start purchasing instructional materials in the spring or early summer so they will have them inventoried and distributed for the first day of school, which is in August. There isn’t enough money in a district’s 2013-2014 IMA to purchase the new math, science, and technology applications instructional materials. Districts will need to use some of the 2014-2015 IMA to purchase everything they need.
The 83rd Texas Legislature knew this would be a problem so they provided a workaround in HB 5. Districts have two options. In a TEA communication dated December 16, 2013, districts were told they could purchase the instructional materials they need and receive a reimbursement from their IMA after September 1, 2014. The second option is called the Delayed Option. This is the solution that was inserted into HB 5. The Delayed Option will allow a district to purchase their materials, receive them now, but pay for them after September 1. Publishers that are willing to accept payment in September are identified in the EMAT system.
TEA has indicated that the EMAT system will open on April 21, 2014. TEA has posted information regarding the instructional materials selection and purchase process on this site. If you have any questions about the process TEA suggests that you email them at this address firstname.lastname@example.org or contact them by phone at (512) 463-9601.
If you are interested in the IMA expenditures for 2013-2014, TCEA publishes a chart that is updated at least once a month. The data from this chart comes from reports that are published on TEA’s site.