Category Archives: Budget

Seliger’s Amendment on HB 5 Has Positive Impact on the IMA

Senator Kel Seliger offered an amendment to HB 5 in the Texas Senate on May 6th that would have a positive effect on a school district’s use of the Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA). School districts will not receive their 2013-2014 … Continue reading

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Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee to Discuss Telecommunication Discounts

The 82nd Texas Legislature extended the telecommunication discounts that were established for Texas schools, libraries, and hospitals until January 2016. These discounts were originally established in 1995 in HB 2128. The Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee is having a hearing … Continue reading

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FCC: Telephone Companies Must Follow Low-Price Rules for Schools

eSchool News is reporting that the FCC is finally providing guidance and possibly teeth to a rule that was made in 1997 that requires telecommunication providers to give schools and libraries the lowest possible price for their services. This rule … Continue reading

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SBOE SUGGESTS UP TO $790M DISTRIBUTION FOR TEXTBOOKS

The following article is published with permission from the Quorum Report UPDATE: As of April 26th, districts have spent $22,374,371 of the IMA on technology related purchases (items in which districts would have funded with their Technology Allotment).-Jennifer Bergland The State … Continue reading

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TEA Releases the District IMA List

TEA released a letter today that includes a link to the list with the school district’s Instructional Materials Allotment for the next two years. They are releasing 70% of the two-year allotment in 2011-2012 and will release the remaining 30% … Continue reading

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IMA Resources on tcea.org

New resources that will help wade through the new Instructional Materials Allotment(IMA), are now located on the new TCEA website. You can find more information on the following topics related to the IMA: Uses Funding Decision Making IMA Process Frequently … Continue reading

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K-12 Databases New Pricing Structure

Susanna Garza, the Coordinator for Instructional Technology and Media for ESC 20, released information regarding the K-12 Databases on August 2.  The K-12 Databases are online resources that have been provided for Texas school schools at no cost to the … Continue reading

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