A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to information for teachers posted on the Texas Education Agency’s Internet website. �������BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
�������SECTION�1.��Subchapter I, Chapter 21, Education Code, is amended by adding Section 21.416 to read as follows:
�������Sec.�21.416.��TEACHER INFORMATION POSTED ON AGENCY WEBSITE. The agency shall post on the agency’s Internet website information relevant to the teaching profession, including information regarding:
�������������(1)��educator certification, including alternative certification information;
�������������(2)��school district job vacancies, organized by subject, grade level, and geographic area;
�������������(3)��salary schedules for each school district, organized by position and years of experience;
�������������(4)��the teacher appraisal process;
�������������(5)��continuing education requirements and opportunities;
�������������(6)��the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, including information relating to:
�������������������(B)��health insurance for active employees; and
�������������������(C)��health insurance for retirees;
�������������(7)��lesson plan ideas organized by grade level and subject area;
�������������(8)��Texas universities and colleges that offer advanced education degrees and financial assistance programs;
�������������(9)��instructional resources available through the regional education service centers; and
�������������(10)��links to education related websites.
�������SECTION�2.��This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
I assume this means that this information isn’t currently available on the TEA website. Does it also mean that TEA wouldn’t put it on it’s website without the legislature mandating it? Apparently it wasn’t possible for Senator Eliot Shapleigh to convince the Texas State Board of Education or TEA that this is a good idea. Why?