LEGISLATIVE NEWS: Both the Senate and House versions of the budget would reduce the amount of money going to the Instructional Materials Fund for the 2017-2018 biennium from the amount set aside by the State Board of Educaton. IMCAT is working with legislators to reverse this abandoment of the principles of 2011's Senate Bill 6. Contact your representative to let them know it's important to fully fund instructional materials. (To find out who represents you, go to www.capitol.state.tx.us, and enter your address in the field at the bottom right of the home page).
Outgoing IMCAT Pres. Abel Villarreal (Corpus Christi ISD) presents the gavel to Incoming Pres. Rosa Ojeda (Waller ISD) during IMCAT's Silver Anniversary Annual Conference Dec. 7 in Galveston.
Newly elected IMCAT Board members are, from left, Tony Black (Whitehouse ISD), President-Elect; Jeff Funderburgh (Birdville ISD); Frank Hernandez, III (United ISD), Susan Lenox (Plano ISD); Amy Melching (Georgetown ISD); Kelley Mosley (Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD); Greg Wright (Leander ISD); Derral Shelton (Splendora ISD), Alternate; and Misty Fisher (Duncanville ISD), Secretary.
For more photos and conference handouts, click to IMCAT's Conference App at http://my.yapp.us/IMCAT
IMCAT Board adopts 2017 Legislative Goals
The Instructional Materials Coordinators' Association of Texas Board of Directors has adopted its legislative goals for 2017.
The goals include:
• Support and encourage filing of legislation to restore additional funds for a Technology Allotment
• Support legislation to establish a study for efficiency in electronic instructional materials
• Propose and support legislation to clarify calculation of Instructional Materials Allotments
• Oppose legislation to raid the Instructional Material Fund to pay for broadband access
For a complete discussion of the goals, click here.