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Teacher Planning and Preparation Time

The following information is state law on planning and preparation time and is from the Texas Education Code, Section 21.404:

Each classroom teacher is entitled to at least 450 minutes within each two-week period for instructional preparation, including parent-teacher conferences, evaluating students’ work, and planning. A planning and preparation period under this section may not be less than 45 minutes within the instructional day. During a planning and preparation period, a classroom teacher may not be required to participate in any other activity.

Decision of the Commissioner of Education (1986)
Strater v. Houston ISD
:

The purpose of the planning and preparation period is to allow teachers "time to engage in parent-teacher conferences, reviewing students’ homework, and planning and preparation as the teacher, not the administration deems best. The statute clearly relieves the teacher of any duty during this period of time and prohibits the district and its administration from requiring the teacher to engage in any other activity the administration determines to be useful and important. "

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