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Cheers to the end of another school year!

You made it! As this school year ends, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation for your dedication, resilience and passion as educators.


Working in Texas public schools can sometimes feel like an uphill battle, but there’s no more important mission than helping your students gain knowledge, achieve goals and learn skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives. Thank you for your continued commitment to excellence in education, for your patience and perseverance, and for always striving to spark a love of learning in your students.

 

As we head into summer, we hope you find time to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy some well-deserved time off.

FEATURED NEWS

Early voting in May 28 primary runoff elections ends Friday


Early voting in the May 28 primary runoff elections ends Friday. On Tuesday, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you voted in a party primary in March, you can vote only in that same party’s runoff. Voters who didn’t cast a ballot in March can vote in either party’s runoff.


House Speaker Dade Phelan faces a runoff against David Covey in HD 21 (Southeast Texas near Beaumont), and there are 18 other Texas House races headed to runoffs on Tuesday. The following four feature anti-voucher Republican incumbents, and the results could determine whether school vouchers pass during the 2025 legislative session:

  • HD 1 (far Northeast Texas): Gary VanDeaver (incumbent) vs. Chris Spencer
  • HD 33 (Rockwall area): Justin Holland (incumbent) vs. Katrina Pierson
  • HD 44 (Seguin/Gonzales area): John Kuempel (incumbent) vs. Alan Schoolcraft
  • HD 58 (South of Fort Worth): DeWayne Burns (incumbent) vs. Helen Kerwin

There are three Texas Senate seats and eight U.S. House seats in runoffs. Two Republican incumbents on the State Board of Education — Tom Maynard in District 10 and Pam Little in District 12 — also face runoff challengers.


Enter your address in the League of Women Voters' election guide to see if there’s a runoff where you live. Then learn more about Texas House, Texas Senate and SBOE candidates on TCTA’s website, TexasTeachersVote.org.

Families of Uvalde shooting victims sue Texas DPS officers


As the two-year anniversary approaches, relatives of 17 children killed and two kids injured in Texas’ deadliest school shooting are suing 92 Texas Department of Public Safety officers who were among hundreds of law enforcement that waited 77 minutes to confront the gunman at Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School, lawyers announced this week.


The families’ attorney also announced that the city of Uvalde will pay them $2 million to avoid a lawsuit. Additionally, the city will provide enhanced training for current and future police officers, designate May 24 as an annual day of remembrance, and work with victims’ families to design a permanent memorial at the city plaza, among other things. Click here to read more.

TCTA NEWS

Join us at a summer training workshop and help recruit new TCTA members in 2024


State and local CTA officers and campus faculty representatives are invited to join TCTA staff to get tips on how to encourage your colleagues to join the premier teacher organization in Texas and strengthen your local CTA during our summer training workshops in July. 


We have nine sessions scheduled across the state:

  • Thursday, July 11 in Houston; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, July 12 in Salado; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 16 in Lubbock; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 17 in Abilene; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 18 in Wichita Falls; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, July 19 in Sherman; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 23, Virtual Session on Zoom; 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 24 in San Antonio; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, July 26 in Weslaco; 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


During each free, interactive workshop, we'll talk about 2024-25 membership recruitment drives and the Take 2, Make $25 program, and answer questions. (Members are responsible for their own transportation costs.)


If you'd like to get more involved as a campus faculty representative, this is a great time to join us and learn more. We'll have door-prize drawings and (for the eight in-person workshops) lunch is on us. We hope to see you in July!


Click here for more information and to complete the form to RSVP.*


*Note, this is a members-only page, so you may be prompted to log in to view the workshop information. If you need help logging in, call the Membership Department at 888-879-8282.

CALENDAR
  • Memorial Day is May 27. TCTA Headquarters will be closed.
  • Early voting in May 28 primary runoff elections ends May 24.
  • Save 10% on qualifying TicketsatWork purchases through June 3.

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