Month

June 2021
Q:        In the wake of the pandemic, did the Texas Legislature take any action to help schools identify mental health warning signs in students?  A:        Yes. SB 179 directs each school board to adopt a policy that requires a school counselor to spend at least 80 percent of the school counselor’s total work...
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Q:        My school district currently employees several retired teachers full-time. It has been our practice to split the TRS surcharge with the retired employee with the school district paying fifty percent and the employee paying the other half through payroll deduction. I’ve heard that the legislature amended the law regarding the TRS surcharge for...
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Q:        What is the current status of school board meetings in Texas—may we continue to hold our board meetings remotely? If so, for how long? A:        Yes, at this time, school boards may continue to hold board meetings via remote methods, such as videoconference or telephonic meetings; however, the ability to do so...
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Q:        Our District has been distracted this year with COVID and has not yet updated our procurement documents to reflect recent changes to the new Buy American Provision from the Texas Department of Agriculture. Is this something we need to do? A:         Yes. The Buy American provision, set out in 7 C.F.R. Part 210.21(d), requires...
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