Today's Top Story:
State Board of Education Delays Proc 2016.
At its Committee of the Full Board meeting July 16, the State Board of Education voted to delay implementing Proclamation 2016 – which would provide new instructional materials for languages other than English - until the opening of school in the fall of 2017.
At the meeting, IMCAT Pres. Susan Lenox testified to the financial pinch that local districts are facing with two huge blocks of instructional materials in 2014 and 2015. (Video of her testimony is available by clicking here. RealPlayer required).
The move, contingent on appropriations of the Legislature, would give local schools as much as $79 million more to spend on new Social Studies and high school math instructional materials. That translates to about $16 per student, but with skyrocketing publisher costs, districts can use all the help they can get.
The Committee of the Full Board action must be ratified by the Board at its Friday General Meeting.
EMAT, the state's on-line ordering system for instructional materials, has opened for 2014 orders. In conversations with T.E.A., IMCAT Pres. Susan Lenox reported these common concerns from districts:
"I can’t see my information in EMAT!"
Districts need to send in their certification form before they can order in EMAT. Districts must verify address, users, and preferred delivery dates.
"I completed all my pre-req’s but I still can’t order my new adoption!"
Schools must place continuing adoption orders first before you can order new adopted materials.
• About 98% of the publishers have signed contracts for deferred payments. All of the big publishers have signed contracts. If you have a question on the small publishers, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to get an answer. The deferred-payment publishers are not listed in EMAT.
• Publishers of continuing adoptions do NOT have a deferred-payment contract with the state. If you have a need for continuing adoption materials you will purchase them with your carry-over money. Since there is not a contract with the state you cannot use deferred money for continuing adoptions.
• Districts should put disbursements in first so the carry-over money will be paid to the district in normal time. If a disbursement is placed for new adoption materials with deferred funds, districts will not get their money until October/November.
• State contracts say publishers will receive funds from the state on requisition orders after September 1. Publishers might expect payments for disbursements in September but a district will not have payment until October/November.
• Requisition orders will be paid for by the state. Should be seamless to a district unless you use more than 80% of your deferred money or you choose materials from a publisher that did not sign a contract with the state.
• EMAT will only let you use 80% of your 2014-2015 funds before Sept. 1.
T.E.A. launches instructional materials
Save the date: I.M. Texas 2014
Dec. 7-10, 2014 • Omni Fort Worth