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Foundation High School Program Rules


Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements

Public Comment Period: December 25, 2015 – January 23, 2016

Earliest Possible Date of Adoption: January 2016 SBOE meeting

In November 2015, the State Board of Education approved for first reading and filing authorization proposed amendments to the Foundation High School Program graduation requirements in 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements. The proposed amendments would update the rules and align with recent legislative changes. The SBOE is scheduled to consider the proposed amendments for second reading and final adoption at its January 2016 meeting.


The official public comment period for proposed amendments to graduation requirements for the Foundation High School Program is now open. Please visit http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/SBOE_Rules_%28TAC%29/Proposed_State_Board_of_Education_Rules/ to view the proposed amendments and submit public comments.


Proposed New Personal Financial Literacy Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

Public Comment Period: December 25, 2015 – January 23, 2016

Earliest Possible Date of Adoption: January 2016 SBOE meeting

In November 2015, the State Board of Education approved for first reading and filing authorization proposed Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a new Personal Financial Literacy course. If approved, the proposed new course would be available beginning in 2016-2017. The SBOE is scheduled to consider the proposed new Personal Financial Literacy TEKS for second reading and final adoption at its January 2016 meeting.

The official public comment period for the proposed Personal Financial Literacy TEKS is now open. Please visit http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/SBOE_Rules_%28TAC%29/Proposed_State_Board_of_Education_Rules/ to view the proposed new TEKS and submit public comments.


2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The 2015-2016 nomination and application windows for grade K-6 mathematics and science teachers for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program are now open. The PAEMST awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Awardees also join an active network of outstanding educators from throughout the nation.


Teachers must be signed up or nominated for the 2016 competition by April 1, 2016. The application deadline is May 1, 2016. If you know great teachers, encourage them to join this prestigious network of professionals. In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by May 1, 2016 will receive 20 CPE hours. Sign up to apply or nominate an educator at www.paemst.org.

For questions, contact Jo Ann Bilderback at tx_paemst@tea.texas.gov or 512-463-9581.
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What Do We Do with a Brain that is Wired to Forget? and Answers to Four Other Big Questions about Learning

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