• 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.


    TEA Innovative Course Approval Process

    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is now accepting applications for innovative courses for the 2020–2021 school year. The course application and procedures may be accessed via the Innovative Courses webpage.

    Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Section 74.27, allows school districts to offer innovative courses to enable students to master knowledge, skills, and competencies not included in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Each innovative course must be academically rigorous and address the needs of students across the state. Innovative courses must be approved by either the State Board of Education (SBOE) or the commissioner of education. State-approved innovative courses may satisfy state elective credit toward graduation. The approval of the local board of trustees is required in order for school districts and charter schools to offer state-approved innovative courses with.

    TEA will review applications in the order in which they are received and make recommendations for approval. The application timeline for innovative courses will be as follows:

    • Applications for the renewal of existing courses must be received by December 13, 2019.
    • Applications for new innovative courses must be received by January 17, 2020.

    Applicants are encouraged to submit innovative course applications as early in the application window as possible.

    Courses that require SBOE approval will be considered by the board at the January 2020 or April 2020 meeting. All applicants will receive a final determination no later than May 1, 2020.

    For more information about applying for an innovative course, please visit the Innovative Courses webpage. Questions related to innovative courses or the approval process, may be directed to Kelsey Kling, Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division, by phone at (512) 463-9581 or by email at innovative.courses@tea.texas.gov


    Expiring Innovative Courses

    The list of innovative courses expiring at the end of the 2019–2020 school year is available on the Innovative Courses webpage. Should TEA not receive an application to renew, the agency may expire the course at the end of the current school year.

    Questions related to expiring innovative courses may be directed to Kelsey Kling, Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division, by phone at (512) 463-9581 or by email at innovative.courses@tea.texas.gov.


    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.


    Thank you for your commitment to serving Texas students.

    Barney Fudge

    Health and Physical Education Coordinator

    Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division


    Phone: 512-463-9581

    Every child, prepared for success in college, a career or the military.
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