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STATFlash: February STATellite

Wed, 02/20/2013

Dear Members,

We are thrilled to announce the February Issue of The STATellite – this issue brings you classroom ideas, opportunities for continuing education and a legislative update on bills that could affect your career.  Please fill out our survey regarding your thoughts and read this issue of the STATellite here!

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Hear from Josh Sanderson during Legislative Day at the Capitol!

One of the highlights of STAT’s Legislative Day at the Capitol will be hearing from Josh Sanderson, a lobbyist with the Association of Texas Professional Educators.  Prior to his six years with ATPE, Josh worked as a legislative aide in both the Texas Senate and House of Representatives.

Mr. Sanderson will visit with STAT members during the reception Thursday, February 21 at the Wyndham Conference Center on Woodward and I-35.  He will review the big picture issues at the Capitol this session, including his specialties of school finance and teacher retirement issues.

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David L. Evans Selected as New Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association

Former Smithsonian Under Secretary for Science Tapped to Lead Nation’s Science Educators and Shape the Future of STEM Education - Click here to read the full story.

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Judge rules Texas school finance system unconstitutional

Judge rules Texas school finance system unconstitutional; case likely headed to state Supreme Court.

In a ruling that could signal a huge fiscal impact on Texas, a state judge ruled Monday that the Texas school finance system is not delivering enough funding for schools to do their job and is sending out that money in an unfair and unconstitutional manner. Read the full article here.

January Updates

Mon, 01/28/2013

Science Teachers Day at the Capitol

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Call for Articles

Wed, 01/02/2013

Happy New Year from STAT

Have you been having a science-filled winter break? Tell us about it! STAT would love to hear from you. We are currently accepting articles for the February issue of The STATellite. Share your teaching tips, articles, and science teaching experiences and activities with your fellow STAT members.

Email your articles to by February 1st.

Here's to an exciting new year!

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Science Teachers' Day at the Capitol

Register Now!

Are you concerned about public education funding? Would you like to see appropriations for new science textbooks? There's strength in numbers, so join us February 21-22 in Austin at the first ever Science Teachers Day at the Capitol!

For only $40 you will attend a welcome reception Thursday evening and a legislative training breakfast on Friday before you head down to the State Capitol. Transportation from the hotel to the capitol is included.

If you care about the future of your career and science education for students in Texas, we urge you to register and join us in Austin!

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December STATellite

Fri, 12/14/2012

Happy Holidays from STAT!

Recap CAST 2012 with us in the December issue of The STATellite. Also, be sure to check out all the fun and helpful information, such as:

  • Science Teachers Day at the Capitol
  • Photos from CAST 2012
  • Teacher-submitted articles
  • ...and more!

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Texas Educators Needed to Review NGSS Second Draft on January 12

Tue, 12/11/2012

Dear STAT Colleagues,

A new set of national science education standards, called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is currently being developed. The second draft of the NGSS is scheduled to be released for public comment during the first week of January 2013. Various groups throughout the United States will be reviewing the second draft of the NGSS and will submit their comments to the NGSS writing teams.

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eCYBERMISSION Deadline Extended

The eCYBERMISSION team has extended the student registration deadline from December 14th to January 15th.

To register, click here.

In the drop down menu on the first page of registration please choose: NSTA: Referred by NSTA State Chapter

For more information, contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator.