SBOE pushes back Proc 2018
The State Board of Education’s Proclamation 2018 will be pushed back, because new TEKS standards for English, language arts and reading are not ready.
That may mean that Proclamation 2019 and 2020 (which are funded in the same biennial budget) will both cover expensive ELA/R materials.
SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich told IMCAT July 29, “It was very clear that ELA/Reading standards are not ready for first-reading,” the initial step toward adopting new TEKS.
As such, calling for new instructional materials to include the still-pending TEKS was “not realistic,” Chair Bahorich said. Publishers would have had to have prepare materials for review next April to be in classrooms when school started in 2018. That was too narrow a window, the SBOE chair said.
With no proclamations in 2016 and 2018 and a less-intense Proclamation 2017, school districts have the opportunity to build up IMA reserves to pay for the ELA/R materials when they are called for. “English is always a ‘heavy call,’ as I understand it,” Chair Bahorich said.
Schools “need to think ahead and save their money,” she advised. “The money [saved from delayed and low-intensity proclamations] is going to be spoken for.”
IMCAT Board adopts 2017 Legislative Goals
The Instructional Materials Coordinators' Association of Texas Board of Directors has adopted its legislative goals for 2017.
The goals include:
• Support and encourage filing of legislation to restore additional funds for a Technology Allotment
• Support legislation to establish a study for efficiency in electronic instructional materials
• Propose and support legislation to clarify calculation of Instructional Materials Allotments
• Oppose legislation to raid the Instructional Material Fund to pay for broadband access
For a complete discussion of the goals, click here.
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