Author Archives: Jennifer Bergland

About Jennifer Bergland

Director of Government Relations at the Texas Computer Education Association

Texas SBOE Requires Schools to Offer Two Computer Science Courses

Update on 7/26/2015: Since the blog post was written, TEA has updated the Education Code to reflect this change. You can find it: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter074/ch074a.html   It’s found under: 74.3 (b) I Update on 4/17/14: Changed the title to reflect that high schools … Continue reading

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Educators Speak Out On Computer Science Policy

The recent actions by the Texas Legislature and the State Board of Education has stimulated discussions among the Texas education community on how best to provide more opportunities for Texas students to take computer science and other technology related courses. In … Continue reading

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TEA Releases Information on 2014-2015 IMA

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 … Continue reading

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Calculators or Mobile Devices: Which are more secure?

On February 10, TEA issued a Letter Addressed to the Superintendent that stipulated that: Districts will be required to have a sufficient supply of calculators available so that each student has access to a calculator, not only on the day of testing but also for … Continue reading

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Chairman Wheeler Gives Glimpse of E-Rate 2.0

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, gave an address on Digital Learning Day, February 5, 2014 that was related to the FCC’s ongoing process to modernize the E-Rate program. In the fall, the FCC requested suggestions and … Continue reading

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Computer Science Course Options for the STEM Endorsement

The Texas State Board of Education finalized the rules that will be used to implement much of HB 5. HB 5 eliminated the Minimum High School Graduation Plan and replaced it with the Foundation Graduation Plan. A student may also … Continue reading

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FCC Seeking Comments on Modernizing E-Rate

On July 23rd, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on the E-Rate program with the purpose to: Ensure that schools and libraries have affordable access to 21st century broadband that supports digital learning Maximize the cost … Continue reading

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