IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE
NATIONAL TROOPS TO TEACHERS OFFICE
On August 26, an interpretation discrepancy between the legislation and current draft policies regarding financial assistance eligibility was brought to our attention by OSD. This relates to the three year registration requirement for any member who becomes entitled to retired or retainer pay vs registration requirement of someone who has been transferred to the Retired Reserve.
OSD has directed that until further notice, any retiree (AD1s and RC1s) that did not register within the three year window should NOT be sent a bonus or stipend application until OSD review of the policy is complete. OSD and the national office is fully aware of the implications and are working diligently towards a solution.
All applications currently on file will be held in a pending status and reevaluated once further guidance is provided.
Teresa A. Daniels
Assistant Chief, Troops to Teachers
Please contact the Texas TTT office at 1-800-810-5484 for further clarification.
What is Troops to Teachers?
Texas Troops to Teachers (TTT) is a federally funded program designed to assist retiring and separating military veterans to become teachers in their next careers. Since its beginning in November 1995, the Texas Troops to Teachers Office has counseled over 27,000 veterans, advising them on routes and programs to achieve full teacher certification in Texas, and referring them to districts for employment. Texas leads the nation in the number of veterans who have become teachers, with over 3,000 hired since 1995.
Nationally, the Troops to Teachers Program is funded by the federal Department of Defense, but is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) office in Pensacola, Florida. The DANTES office manages the registration of TTT participants, distributes all funding, and maintains contact with TTT participants who have received financial benefits.
At the state level, the Texas Troops to Teachers Office provides information and guidance to participants on all aspects of teacher certification. Texas TTT works with teacher certification programs to assist our participants in selecting the program that will work best for their certification process. We actively market the TTT program to all university and alternative certification programs, and provide funding to eligible participants to help pay for their certification programs and incentive bonuses for those who teach at high-needs schools. The Texas TTT office works closely with military installations to be sure that all eligible veterans who want to become teachers are aware of the benefits available from TTT. All service members and veterans, whether they qualify for funding from TTT or not, are encouraged to contact the Texas TTT office for information and assistance in becoming teachers in Texas.
To register for the Troops to Teachers program, click here.
Recent Development Regarding Testing
House Bill 2205, signed by Governor Abbott, and effective September 1, 2015, limits the number of times a candidate may take an exam:
"A person may not retake an examination more than four times … a person who initially took an examination before September 1, 2015, may retake the examination up to four times after that date, regardless of the number of times that the person attempted to perform satisfactorily on the examination before that date."
It is important that you prepare for the exam BEFORE taking it.
Click here for a list of Test Preparation Resources.
TEA Monthly Newsletter
As of September 1, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will begin waiving certain educator certification fees for eligible military service members, military veterans and military spouses. Click HERE and refer to page 4 to find out more.
U.S. Military Bars University of Phoenix Recruiting
The Department of Defense on Thursday placed the University of Phoenix system on probation, barring the for-profit school giant from recruiting on military bases and preventing troops from using federal money for classes.
Click here for the full story.
CCSSO Hosts Webinar in Honor of Veteran’s Day
Webinar: "Spouses Serve, Too: Best Practices for Supporting Our Military-Connected Teachers"
Monday, November 9, 2015 3:00 p.m., EST
This webinar, hosted by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), will present best practices to help ease the financial and administrative barriers that prevent military spouses from efficiently transferring their teaching credentials and obtaining employment during frequent moves across state lines.
Opening remarks will be delivered by Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, a life-long educator and advocate for military families, and Chris Minnich, Executive Director of CCSSO.