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You're invited to join the new IMCAT Google Group. This online forum was created for instructional materials coordinators to share information, thoughts and ideas.

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SAMPLE PUBLISHER
COMMITMENT LETTER

Make sure you've covered all the bases when negotiating with a publisher. Click here for IMCAT's sample commitment letter.


Join the IMCAT
Google Group

You're invited to join the new IMCAT Google Group. This online forum was created for instructional materials coordinators to share information, thoughts and ideas.

Joining is free and easy. Just click here to access the IMCAT Google Group. Sign in with your Google account or click on "Sign up" to create a new account for free.

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News from publishers about Proc 2015: Click here.

Top Story:

EMAT OPENS

Until the Legislature approves the biennial budget, school districts and open enrollment charter schools may only use any unspent funds from previous Instructional Material Allotments (or local funds) to purchase instructional materials.

Schools are encouraged to develop detailed plans on how to spend their money. Schools may use the "deferred payment" option to spend up to 80% of the IMA they will receive after to Sept. 1 if publishers have agreed to wait on getting their payment. A list of publishers who have agreed (as of April 24) are available by clicking here.


View a recording of IMCAT's April 24 Lunchtime Learning webcast regarding the 84th Legislature by clicking here:

https://youtu.be/jcib7rOX4D4

For a PDF of the presentation, click here.


IMCAT Summer Institutes 2015 

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Instructional Materials Coordinators' Association of Texas Annual Summer Institute -- Instructional Materials 101 -- features all the information you need to begin your school year.

Member (employee of Texas public school or open enrollment charter school):

Cost: $65.00 Includes morning refreshments, lunch and materials

Nonmember (employee of Texas public school or open enrollment charter school):
Cost: $95.00Includes morning refreshments, lunch, materials and 2015 IMCAT Membership

Representative of Commercial Enterprise
Cost: $225.00 Includes lunch and materials
Commercial entities may also contact IMCAT at 512-251-8101 for sponsorship options.

10 SITES AND DATES TO CHOOSE FROM! All classes are 8:30am-2pm. Here's the schedule for 2015 (Note: Registrants may attend one session at any site; Region listings are for suggestion only):

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER


About the 2015 Instructional Materials Allotment

We won't know officially about the allotments until after the Legislature passes a budget. They're supposed to do it before they adjourn June 1, but it's happened before: the Legislature had to go into special sessions in the summer to pass a budget.

The really rough way for a school district to estimate its allotment for Sept. 1, 2015 is this: There are 5.1 million school children in Texas. Take your total enrollment and calculate what percentage that is of 5.1 million. (If you have 5,100 children in your district, that's 0.1 percent of the children in Texas schools.)

The State Board of Education has authorized a disbursement equal to about $1.05 billion from the Permanent School Fund to the (eventually) Instructional Materials Fund over the state's next two fiscal years. Both the first House and Senate drafts of the budget call for about $500 million for instructional materials each year of the biennium. (We'll come back to that.)

So you can take your district's percentage of the total state enrollment and multiply that by $500 million to see what you may expect in the fiscal year beginning Sept. 1. It could be lower, because T.E.A. will deduct some for shipping costs under the current scheme of things.

That, we hope, is worst case. IMCAT is trying to persuade the Legislature to put the entire $1.05 billion in the first year of the biennium, because Proclamation 2015 will be so large. We think we have a pretty good chance, but we won't know until the Governor signs the Appropriations Bill.