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CAST PROPOSALS DEADLINE EXTENDED
The CAST Proposals Deadline has been extended to May 13th. Click HERE to submit yours today!
STAT ELECTION RESULTS
STAT Elections are over and the results are in! Here are your 2013 Officers:
President - Donald Burken
Past President - Sharon Kamas
President Elect - Melana Silva
Vice President - Matthew Wells
Treasurer - JoAnne Jackson
Good afternoon STAT members! I have often heard it said that government moves slowly. I tend to disagree, with the rapid changes that have taken place this legislative session; it doesn’t seem that way at all. I am learning so much! Please take a moment to give some feedback and I challenge you to make a phone call.
HB 5 is on the calendar for a second reading in the Senate at any time. There is still time for amendments to be added before a final vote is taken.
Possible Senate amendments have not been posted, but STAT would like to have your feedback. The attached floor amendment outlines 4 years of science for graduation-
Dear STAT Members,
Call to Action - SB 1720
Senate Bill 1720 by Patrick would create a fund to repay student loans for first-year math and science teachers who agree to teach for four years in a Title I school. It is scheduled for a hearing in Chairman Patrick’s Senate Education Committee Wednesday, May 1 at 9:00 AM (subject to change). Click HERE for a copy of the Committee Substitute for the Bill, and HERE for a bill analysis.
If you have an opinion on this subject, you may email your opinion in advance of the committee hearing by clicking on the Senator's name:
CAST 2013 Appetite for Instruction Housing is OPEN!
Book your rooms today to stay close to the convention center where CAST will be under ONE roof again at the George R Brown Convention Center, November 7th - 9th in Houston, Texas.
Host Hotel: Hilton Americas
Additional Available Hotels: Four Seasons, Hyatt
Summer Leadership Conference July 7th - 9th, 2013
Join us at the historic Tremont House for family-friendly and affordable professional development. Our Summer Leadership Institute will provide you with the skills you need to move up in your career as a science leader in the state. All levels are welcome to attend.
Make sure to register your guests and children to join you for lunch and field trips in Galveston including a tour of the Ocean Star Museum and Harbor Tour. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to show your family what being a science teacher is all about!
Dear STAT members,
A huge thank you goes out to all those who responded to the survey! We had an overwhelming response and I stayed up several nights to read every single one of the entries! We have very passionate educators! You will find that the statement we have sent to the Education Committee members in the House and Senate represents all of your voices combined. View it here.
The STAT Policy and Procedures Committee has worked over the last year to revise the STAT Bylaws. The Bylaws have been streamlined and simplified in order to be easily read and understood. Details that were duplicated in the Policies and Procedures Manual were removed. The current Bylaws are over 40 pages long. The new draft is much shorter and succinct at just over 4 pages. While no substantial changes were made to the way the organization is run, they do look different. View them here.
Two changes that should be noted: