Joe’s Commentary:  See You In Dallas

September 1809:00 AM
 

See you in Dallas at the annual TASA/TASB Convention. We will be in booth 616 with the Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Munoz P.C. firm. Stop by and say hello. I look forward to all the great conversations.  The commentary will be back on Tuesday, September 24. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Blake Enlow, current Principal of Bowie High School, has been named New Super of Bowie ISD.

Tommy Hunter, current Superintendent of Brownsboro ISD, has been named New Super of Sanger ISD.

Donny Lee, current Superintendent of Oakwood ISD, has been named New Super of Buna ISD.

Matt Kimball, current Assistant Superintendent of San Angelo ISD , has been named New Super of Blue Ridge ISD.

 

30 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Red Oak ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. and Education Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Vacant La Joya ISD ; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo and Jaime Munoz adINFO
Vacant Texas Rural Education Association ; Search by: TREA and Education Solutions and Services adINFO
Vacant Lovejoy ISD - Dr. Michael Goddard, Superintendent,Red Oak ISD; Search by: JG Consulting INFO
Vacant Nursery ISD; Search by: Nursery ISD Board of Trustees, assisted by Chris UlcakINFO
Vacant Leander ISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Monte Alto ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo adINFO
Vacant Brownsboro ISD; Search by: Brownsboro ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant Danbury ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Kermit ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Quanah ISD; Search By: Education Solutions and Services adINFO
Vacant Dripping Springs ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Irion County ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Decatur ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. and Education Consultant Brett SpringstonINFO
Vacant Chireno ISD; Search by: Largent Consulting LLC adINFO
Vacant Karnes City ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Peaster ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass adINFO
Vacant Bullard ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Pewitt CISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Terrell ISD; Search by: Terrell ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant Boyd ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass adINFO
Lone Finalist Schulenburg ISD - Duane Limbaugh, Superintendent,Brady ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Boles ISD - Ms. Mikayle Goss, Director,Hunt County Co-op; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Douglass ISD - Justin Keeling , High School Principal,Woden ISD ; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Whitney ISD - John McCullough , Director of Secondary Education and Career and Technical Education ,Paris ISD; Search By: Whitney ISD School Board adINFO
Lone Finalist Italy ISD - Dr. Michelle Schwind , Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning ​,Desoto ISD; Search by: Italy ISD School Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Hawley ISD - Cassidy McBrayer , Superintendent ,Whiteface ISD; Search by: ​CCR Educational Consultants adINFO
Lone Finalist Latexo ISD  - Michael Woodard , Principal ,Latexo High School; Search by: Latexo ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Alvin ISD - Carol Nelson , Associate Superintendent of Human Resources ,Alvin ISD ; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLP AdINFO
Lone Finalist Santa Gertrudis ISD - Dr. Veronica Alfaro , Interim Superintendent and Human Resources/Payroll Testing Coordinator/ Elementary School Principal ,Santa Gertrudis ISD ; Search by: ​Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist George West ISD  - Dr. Jim Rosebrock , Chief Academic Officer ,Corpus Christi ISD ; Search by: George West School Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Petersburg ISD - Dr. Brian Bibb , High School Principal ,Seymour ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Poolville ISD  - Jeff Kirby, Superintendent,Cotton Center ISD; Search By: Poolville ISD Board of Trustees INFO
Lone Finalist Electra ISD - Ted West, Superintendent,Boyd ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Hitchcock ISD  - Travis W. Edwards , Superintendent,Bartlett ISD ; Search by: Hitchcock ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Newcastle ISD - Evan Cardwell , High School Principal ,Paint Creek ISD ; Search by: Region 9 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Hubbard ISD  - Tim Norman Superintendent ​Chireno ISD , Superintendent ,Chireno ISD ; Search by: Hubbard ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Joaquin ISD - Ryan Fuller , High School Principal,West Sabine ISD; Search by: Haglund Law Firm, P.C.INFO
Lone Finalist Crystal City ISD - Edward Churchill, Director of Student Services ​,Mercedes ISD ; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.INFO
Lone Finalist Channing ISD - Michael Stevens, Principal of 7-12 Grade,Electra ISD; Search by: Region 16 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Bartlett ISD  - Theodore" Teddy" Clevenger, High School Principal,Teague ISD ; Search by: Bartlett ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Chico ISD  - Scott Higgins, Superintendent,D'Hanis ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Waxahachie ISD - Dr. Bonny Cain, Interim Superintendent,Waxahachie ISD; Search By: Ray and Associates adINFO
Lone Finalist Seminole ISD - Kyle Lynch, Superintendent,Canadian ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Whiteface CISD - Nate Wheeler, Assistant Superintendent,Plains ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Harleton ISD - Brian Gray, Superintendent,Irion County ISD; Search by: Harleton ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Eagle Pass ISD  - Samuel Mijares, Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction,Eagle Pass ISD; Search by: Escamilla & Poneck LLP adINFO
Lone Finalist Bloomington ISD  - Mark Anglin, Superintendent,Broaddus ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Academy ISD - William "Billy" Harlan, Chief Administrative Officer,Corsicana ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Waco ISD - Susan Kincannon, Superintendent,Belton ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD - Dr. Jorge Luis Arredondo, Area Superintendent,Houston ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo adINFO
New Super Bowie ISD - Blake Enlow , Principal,​Bowie High School; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Sanger ISD - Tommy Hunter, Superintendent,Brownsboro ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Buna ISD - Donny Lee, Superintendent,Oakwood ISD; Search by: ​Region 5 ESC adINFO
New Super Blue Ridge ISD - Matt Kimball , Assistant Superintendent ​,San Angelo ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Flour Bluff ISD - Dr. David Freeman , Superintendent ,London ISD; Search By: Joe Kelley, Flour Bluff ISD Interim Superintendent of SchoolsINFO
New Super Ennis ISD - Jay Tullos, Superintendent ,Canton ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Edgewood ISD  - Kristin Prater , Director of Student Services ,Edgewood ISD ; Search by: Arrow Education Services IncINFO
New Super Riesel ISD - Brandon Cope , High School Principal ,Riesel ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Oakwood ISD - Russell Holden, High School Principal,Cayuga ISD; Search by: Dr. Donny Lee adINFO
New Super Gonzales ISD - John Schumacher, Superintendent,Mason ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super San Diego ISD - Rodrigo Pena, Director of Instructional Implementation,San Benito CISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Mercedes ISD - Carolyn Mendiola, Assistant Superintendent,Sharyland ISD ; Search by: Waterford School Services adINFO
New Super Corrigan- Camden ISD - Richard Cooper , High School Principal ,Groesbeck ISD; Search by: DRV Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Hardin-Jefferson ISD  - Brad McEachern , Superintendent ,Warren ISD ; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
New Super Woodville ISD - Lisa Meysembourg , Superintendent,Schulenburg ISD; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
New Super Abernathy ISD - Aaron Waldrip, Superintendent,​Wellman-Union ISD ; Search by: Region 17 ESC adINFO
New Super Warren ISD  - Tammy Boyette, Assistant Superintendent,Stafford MISD; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
New Super Brownsville ISD - Rene Gutierrez , Superintendent,Edinburg ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Central ISD - Justin Risner, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum/ Special Programs Director,Central ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Bellville ISD  - Dr. Nicole Peoenitzsch, Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Innovation,Dripping Springs ISD; Search by: DRV Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Crandall ISD - Dr. Wendy Eldredge, Deputy Superintendent,Garland ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass adINFO
New Super TAMS Executive Director  - Dr. Greg Gibson, Superintendent,Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
New Super Richard Milburn Academy - Amard Anderson, Interim Superintendent,Richard Milburn Academy; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO

Houston:  ISD will close Friday; superintendent responds to criticism for staying open Thursday

September 2005:45 AM
 

HOUSTON — HISD has announced it will close on Friday after taking a lot of heat for not canceling classes on Thursday. "All HISD schools and offices are closed and classes are canceled for Friday, September 20 to allow our students and staff time to recover from the conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Imelda and prepare our buildings," the district said in a statement released just after 8 p.m.  view article  arw

Superintendent Search: Boyd ISD Hires Leasor Crass to Conduct Search

September 1808:29 AM
 

Boyd ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Leasor Crass to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.

Superintendent Search: Terrell ISD is Searching for A New Superintendent

September 1808:29 AM
 

Terell ISD is searching for an outstanding, qualified administrator to lead the school district. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.

Superintendent Search: Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD Hires TASB ESS to Conduct Search

September 1808:29 AM
 

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire TASB Executive Search Services (ESS) to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.

Preventive Law: Sexual Harassment Investigations and Open Records Requests: How to Control the Narrative

September 0408:31 AM
 

Whenever rumors of sexual harassment start to circulate, open records requests are sure to follow. The best way to control the narrative is to always create an adequate summary of any sexual harassment investigation as soon as the investigation is concluded.

November 2019 Bond List

August 2108:35 AM
 

Bond Election Data collected by TexasISD.com for public school bonds in the upcoming November 2019 election cycle.

May 2019 Bond List

March 1808:13 AM
 

Bond Election Data collected by TexasISD.com for public school bonds in the upcoming May 2019 election cycle.

Why Houston ISD didn’t cancel school Thursday

September 2008:40 AM
 

Many people are wondering why the Houston Independent School District didn't close its campuses Thursday as Tropical System Imelda battered the region with rain. Students were stranded, and several parents said they were worried about the safety of their kids. view article  arw

South San ISD releases trustee applicants’ names only after choices made

September 2008:40 AM
 

The South San Antonio Independent School District’s lawyer declined to publicly release six applications for a pair of vacant school board seats until after the board voted on them, despite the expectations of a state law that such information be released “without delay.” The lawyer, Kevin O’Hanlon, said Thursday he waited to release the applications to respect the privacy of the applicants and because he “didn’t want to get ahead of the Board as they had not taken any action yet,” his paralegal said in an emailed response to questions. The board did not direct him to withhold the applications, he said. view article  arw

West Orange – Cove: Schools announcing closures for Friday

September 2008:40 AM
 

All West Orange – Cove schools will be closed on Friday, Sept. 20. After school activities are also cancelled for Friday — this includes the varsity football game. Students and employees should not report for work or classes on Friday. view article  arw

Flash flood emergency for parts of Harris County as Imelda moves northeast, officials say

September 2008:40 AM
 

Heavy rainfall from now-downgraded Imelda continued to wreak havoc Thursday for much of southeast Texas, where officials across multiple counties and in the city of Houston were dealing with impassable roadways, downed trees, power outages,  hundreds of high-water rescues,  fast-rising water and in one small town, a hospital evacuation. Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state of disaster for 13 counties in southeast Texas, including Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange and San Jacinto, as widespread flooding continues to stall services. view article  arw

School bomb threats lock-down PHS twice in two days

September 2008:40 AM
 

Ominous messages sent from false telephone numbers sent Palestine High School into lockdown Tuesday and Wednesday, Palestine Independent School District officials told the Herald-Press Wednesday. “Hello,” the text message read. “I have some bomb hidden in the school. I'm about to set them off. Good luck.” view article  arw

Viewpoint: Austin taxpayers face good, bad news

September 2008:30 AM
 

In this op-ed, Texas Taxpayers and Research Association President Dale Craymer breaks down what taxpayers in Austin can expect for the foreseeable future. As he sees it, there's a little good, bad and ugly on the horizon. view article  arw

Bulletin Board

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Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C.

September-October 2019

Spend a day wisely and join us for the most up-to-date information on legislative action and case law that will affect your district. Dennis Eichelbaum and Holly Wardell are crossing the state to bring you valuable information when you need it—at the beginning of the school year and where you need it—a location near you!

 

With over fifty collective years advising school boards, superintendents, administrators, and campus principals, Dennis and Holly share essential advice on how the most recent legislation and case law will affect your campuses and practical tips to incorporate them.   

 

Participants will learn about the changes, have the opportunity to ask questions, and go home with a wealth of materials to share with their teams.

 

Topics

  • Legislative Updates with helpful tips to keep your district in compliance
  • Review of important court decisions that impactyour district and your campuses
  • The latest on Social Media and FERPA newly changed regulations
  • SB7, Bullying and Harassment Update. Information will include the new TEA Do Not Hire Registry. 
  • Questions and Answers: an opportunity to share best practices
     

The sessions will be conducted by Dennis J. Eichelbaum and Holly Boyd Wardell

 

Audience

Superintendents, district administrators, principals, assistant principals, future administrators, campus behavior coordinators, school resource officers, school counselors, human resource personnel, and trustees

 

Materials

The presentation, a summary of all school related legislation, critical case analysis, as well as in depth articles and papers on focused areas addressed during the presentation.

The sessions will be conducted by Dennis J. Eichelbaum and Holly Boyd Wardell. 

 

More locations coming soon!

 

Registration Fees

Client Fee - $150.00
Non-Client Fee - $165.00

Materials are included with your registration.

 

Locations

  • 8/26/19  |  Lubbock-Cooper ISD
  • 8/27/19  |  Graham ISD
  • 8/27/19  |  McGregor ISD
  • 8/28/19  |  Hallsville ISD
  • 8/29/19  |  Arlington ISD
  • 9/26/19  |  Austin, TX
  • 9/30/19  |  Mission, TX
  • 10/3/19  |  Abilene, TX

Each session will be 9:00 am-4:00 pm

 

Register Online!

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Edna ISD Implements ‘Guardian Plan’ to Protect Students in Mass Shootings

September 2008:30 AM
 

The Edna Independent School District implementing a new plan, known as the guardian plan to help protect students in the event of a school shooting. view article  arw

Montgomery ISD votes to retain district hiring authority with superintendent, board of trustees

September 2008:30 AM
 

Following discussions about possibly removing the superintendent from the district hiring process, the Montgomery ISD board of trustees has opted in favor of leaving its current district hiring policy in place. The board unanimously voted Sept. 18 to retain contract authority with the elected seven-person board. The notion to change the policy was brought to the board’s attention in the summer, partially to address inefficiencies in the hiring system, Superintendent Beau Rees said. view article  arw

Texas once banned Spanish in public schools. Fort Worth broke that mold in 1969

September 2008:30 AM
 

Dr. Rudy Rodriguez and bilingual teachers broke the “No Spanish” barrier in 1969 with the inception of the Fort Worth ISD bilingual program in seven elementary schools. Since 1918, Texas laws banned Spanish in public schools — a rule enforced with humiliating punishment. Legislators reasoned Spanish impeded students learning English and “American culture.” Despite Texas Education Agency 1967 statistics that reflected 89 percent of Spanish-surnamed students dropped out, the forbidden tongue policy ruled. view article  arw

Kilgore ISD board discusses ongoing tax lawsuit

September 2008:30 AM
 

Kilgore ISD trustees consulted Monday with the district’s attorney in closed session about ongoing homestead exemption lawsuit against the district. Axberg v. Kilgore ISD was filed in September 2016 in Gregg County by John Claude Axberg, Darlene Axberg and Sheila Anderson, residents of Kilgore ISD’s tax district. view article  arw

Jacksonville ISD board gives OK to file complaint on ex-employee

September 2008:30 AM
 

Jacksonville ISD's school board wrapped up quickly Monday evening, as trustees unanimously approved several agenda items, including a decision to give Superintendent Dr. Chad Kelly authorization to file a complaint with the State Board for Educator Certification on abandonment of contract by former employee Shonda Emmert. In other action, the board: view article  arw

Fort Bend ISD reviews schematics for new, ‘net zero’ middle school

September 2008:30 AM
 

Fort Bend ISD reviewed schematics for New Middle School No. 16 at the board of trustees meeting Sept. 16. The new school—located near Hightower High School, south of Hwy. 6 in Missouri City—will have a net zero design. This means the building will produce as much energy as it consumes, according to Corgan, the architecture firm that designed the school.  view article  arw

Katy ISD offers benefits, incentives to recruit bus drivers

September 2008:30 AM
 

Katy ISD is among many districts in the Greater Houston area, Texas and the U.S. experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers. “It’s a statewide problem, not unique to any district—rural, suburban or urban,” said Amy Campbell, the Texas Association of School Boards human resources services director. view article  arw

These Houston-area schools are considered some of the healthiest in the country

September 2008:25 AM
 

Thirteen Houston-area schools were recognized for their dedication to children's health in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's 2019 report of America's Healthiest Schools.  The children health's organization named 355 schools from across the U.S. in its report. Of those schools, 75 are based in Texas and 13 are located in the Houston area. view article  arw

Lufkin ISD board honors STEM Academy students

September 2008:25 AM
 

The Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees recognized Cohort No. 6 of the STEM Academy during Thursday’s board meeting at the high school. The STEM Academy is a partnership and cohort program between Lufkin High School and Stephen F. Austin State University aimed at enriching the high school experience for students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics college study and careers. view article  arw

#SomethingGood: Horn High Football Players Lead Program of Inclusion for Students With Special Needs

September 2008:25 AM
 

Libraries are usually quiet places, but sometimes, they are places to laugh, talk and have a great time at Horn High School in Mesquite. That’s because on some days, Horn’s Heroes meet there. It’s a football player-driven program where the athletes spend time with students who have special needs. view article  arw

Greenville ISD board reviews student demographics

September 2008:25 AM
 

The Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees took another long hard look at school data at its meeting Tuesday. The information was presented by five graduate students in Texas Tech University’s principals fellows program who are currently working through a 15-month residency in GISD and collecting data ranging from student and teacher demographics to how students’ grades on their nine-weeks tests compare to their scores on the STAAR test. view article  arw

Remember the Alamo — it’s also a cemetery

September 2008:25 AM
 

The Alamo is rightfully known as the Shrine of Texas liberty. But much more than just the battle in 1836 has taken place there. The Mission San Antonio de Valero was a church and a burial ground. Historical records indicate that more than 1,300 people — Native Americans, Spanish and Mexican soldiers, settlers from the Canary Islands, defenders of the Battle of the Alamo and others — lie at rest on the historic Alamo grounds. view article  arw

Frailey stresses unity in bond update

September 2008:25 AM
 

Nacogdoches ISD interim Superintendent Alton Frailey stressed the importance school-community partnerships as a means to student success as he updated the public on bond projects during a Huddle Time meeting this week on the Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary campus. Frailey said the role of every school and community is to have a positive impact on the physical, mental and emotional health of every student and every member of the community. view article  arw

Liberty Hill ISD to add 11 buses

September 2008:25 AM
 

With more than 3,000 students now hopping on the big yellow school bus before and after school every day in Liberty Hill ISD, a solution to the need for more and newer buses could not have come at a better time. The solution was a grant, known as the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Grant, that is saving the school district $738,000 on the purchase or 75 percent of the purchase price. view article  arw

Lake Travis ISD reports overall enrollment growth, while Hudson Bend Middle School sees considerable decrease

September 2008:25 AM
 

Hudson Bend Middle School and Lake Travis Middle School saw a decrease in enrollment from the 2018-19 to 2019-20 school years. Evalene Murphy, the assistant superintendent for human resource services, provided the Lake Travis ISD board of trustees with the district’s enrollment updates during a Sept. 18 regular meeting. view article  arw

Police remove lockdown at Austin Middle School in Irving; school reopens

September 2008:25 AM
 

Austin Middle School in Irving went under a lockdown Thursday morning after police received a report of a man with a gun in the school parking lot. According to Irving police, officers searched the school and the surrounding areas.  Police said they did not find a suspect and removed the lockdown at about 9:30 a.m. The school reopened at 10 a.m. view article  arw

Template:  New Release from Omar (Release 10 dated 9/16/2019)

September 1908:42 AM
 

Omar Garcia with BOK Financial Securities has a new release (Release 10 dated 09/16/2019) that is now available for download.  This new release includes a few additions and corrections from the prior release. Please read the notes on the Notes tab before entering data.  There may be more to come, so as always, please stay tuned for any new developments. arw

Decatur ISD job draws interest

September 1908:42 AM
 

Fifty candidates have expressed interest in becoming the next superintendent at Decatur ISD, School Board President Charlie Tibbels reported Monday night. Tibbels said that has been the number of requests for applications since the job was posted last month. The deadline for applications is Tuesday. “We’ve had 50 folks request applications and a number of those have submitted completed applications,” Tibbels said. “We expect to get more next week. view article  arw

Incessant rain impacts school schedules

September 1908:41 AM
 

With floodwaters rising from the incessant rainfall of a tropical depression, delays in the start of classes for today were announced for multiple campuses across Southeast Texas. The following school statuses had been reported as of Wednesday night for Thursday: view article  arw

Survey of teacher retirees shows pension 13th check fills dire needs, emphasizes the importance of a permanent increase

September 1908:40 AM
 

Last week, retired educators began receiving their long-awaited supplemental pension payments capped at $2,000 from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas—the so-called 13th check authorized by the Texas Legislature last spring. We know that our retirees are thankful for this 13th check, but we also know this has to be seen as the first step toward ensuring financial security for all retirees on TRS pensions with a permanent cost-of-living increase.