TEA Presentations & Updates

Health and Physical Education Newsletter

  • Texas Education Agency
    December 4, 2019
    Greetings, Health, and Physical Education Newsletter Members.

    Topics included in this bulletin:

    • List of Approved Trainings for Public Schools
    • TEA Innovative Course Approval Process
    • Expiring Innovative Courses
    • Competitive Grant Opportunity Published on the TEA Grant Opportunities Page

    List of Approved Trainings

    Bleeding Control Trainings The Texas Education Code (TEC), §38.030, as added by House Bill (HB) 496, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to approve training for the use of bleeding control stations in the event of an injury to another person.

    Seizure Recognition and Related First Aid Training Programs TEC,§38.033, as added by HB 684, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, permits TEA to approve an online course of instruction for school nurses and school personnel that supports the welfare of individuals with epilepsy and seizure disorders.

    The agency has conducted a review of bleeding control trainings and seizure recognition and related first aid training programs. To view the list of the approved trainings, please visit the Healthy and Safe School Environment of the Coordinated School Health Model webpage.

    Competitive Grant Opportunity Published on the TEA Grant Opportunities Page

    TEA is announcing the availability of grant funds for the 2020-2021 Technology Lending Grant. The request for application (RFA) is available on the TEA Grant Opportunities Page.

    Description: Texas Education Code (TEC) Section 32.301, authorizes the TEA to establish the Technology Lending Grant. The program awards grants to local education agencies (LEAs) to implement a technology lending program to loan students the equipment necessary to access and use digital instructional materials. With the 2020–2021 Technology Lending Grant, LEAs can continue using digital instructional materials while ensuring equitable access for students through loaned equipment for learning off-campus. 

    Eligibility See the General and Fiscal Guidelines, Eligibility To Apply for Competitive Grants.

    Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for funding:

    • LEAs must have an enrollment of at least 40.0% economically disadvantaged students at the participating campus(es). Eligibility will be determined using the 2019 Accountability Rating System data from the Texas Student Data System Public Education Information Management System (TSDS PEIMS). The exact name and CID from the 2019 ratings data must be submitted in the application in order to meet eligibility
    • LEAs must show evidence of a technology plan at the participating campus(es) by submitting an attachment of a locally approved technology plan that is valid through the 2020–2021 school year. 

    Previous Technology Lending Grant award recipients are eligible; priority points will be awarded based upon past awards.

    Grant Period April 6, 2020, through August 31, 2021

    Funding It is anticipated that approximately 144 grants will be awarded ranging in amounts from $50,000 to $150,000.

    The amount an LEA is eligible to apply for will be based on enrollment using the 2018 Snapshot data.

    Application Deadline Applications must be received by TEA by 5:00 p.m. (Central Time), January 9, 2020, to be considered for funding.