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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
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