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TxDLA Inducts Mr. Henry Hartman into the Texas Distance Learning Hall of Fame for 2014

Henry Hartman was inducted into the Texas Distance Learning Hall of Fame on April 2, 2014 during the opening session of the 2014 TxDLA Conference. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes long-term distance-learning practitioners or advocates whose careers are characterized by exceptional commitment, outstanding achievements, and enduring impact in the field of distance learning. Mr. Henry Hartman has over a forty year career in distance learning beginning with producing television based courses in the late 1960’s to today’s mobile technologies. 

TxDLA Honors its Members with 2014 Awards

Many distance learning practitioners are working diligently to grow programs and to utilize distance learning in exemplary ways. The TxDLA Annual Awards program showcases why Texas is a leader in distance learning. Awards are given to honor outstanding programs, teachers, TxDLA members, individuals and organizations and were presented this year at the 17th Annual TxDLA Conference, April 1-4 in Corpus Christi.

TxDLA Honors Rep. Todd Hunter with the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award

TxDLA's Board of Directors recently honored Rep. Todd Hunter as the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award recipient. The Legislator of the Year Award is presented to local, state or federal official who has substantially assisted in the advancement of Distance Learning in the State of Texas.

Stand Up and Be Counted

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is cracking down on institutions that provide distance education to students in the state. But the commission has a problem: It doesn’t know who those distance education providers are.

Public Policy

Panel Is Split on Distance-Education Rule
Debate over the Education Department’s proposed "state authorization" rule officially ended on Wednesday, with negotiators divided over how far the federal government should go in its effort to compel state scrutiny of online programs. It’s unclear if the department will revise its proposed rule before May, when negotiators are set to vote on the measure. But the panel is not scheduled to revisit the rule at that session, which will focus on PLUS loans. Under the controversial draft rule, colleges would have to seek approval to operate in every state where they enroll students online. They could receive federal aid only for students residing in states where they were approved to operate. Read Full Article - From The Chronicle 4/24

State Authorization Draft Regulations Released
The US Department of Education's Negotiated Rulemaking Committee is winding down its work on state authorization. Tonight, the next draft of the Department's proposed regulations were released. This new blog post has some brief highlights, includes the language without track changes, and asks for your inputWCET Blog

State Authorization Input
One of the hottest topics in TxDLA is state authorization. Rather than complain, take action and provide input. Go to the WCET blog for a summary and description of how you can provide input.

Polling Center: Threading the Needle on Education: From the Texas Tribune April 10.
"Education policy is usually a winner for Democratic candidates, but in Texas, things are more nuanced, especially when it comes to education spending. This year's race for governor race is a great example."

Interesting Clarification on Authorization Rules

Excerpts from February 19 US Education Department Meeting

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