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UT Tyler Charter School Earns TIA Designation by Texas Education Agency 

TYLER, Texas (February 14, 2024) – The University of Texas at Tyler University Academy has been  approved for the Teacher Incentive Allotment, or TIA, by the Texas Education Agency. 

This approval provides UA with nearly $200,000 dollars to recognize TEA Designated Teachers this  year. TEA Designated teachers will receive 80% of the funds, while 10% will be used to recognize  the work of UA school aides. The remaining 10% will be utilized for resources to support the  requirements within TIA. The inaugural amounts will be disbursed in June. 

“This TIA designation speaks volumes about the quality and hard work our teachers put in and  the impact they have on the lives of our students,” said Dr. Pradeep “Max” Dass, UT Tyler College of  Education and Psychology dean. 

UA submitted the collected data of 45 teachers, of which 25, or 55%, received official designations  from TEA as Recognized, Master or Designated Teacher. Out of the first cohort of teachers who  received designation, 70% are graduates or current students of UT Tyler.  

“The Teacher Incentive Allotment not only acknowledges the exceptional efforts of our teaching  staff but also reinforces our commitment to fostering a culture of excellence and continuous  improvement,” said UA superintendent Dr. Jo Ann Simmons. 

Only 25% of districts in the state currently hold this designation, according to the Texas Charter  School Association. 

The UT Tyler University Academy provides free, innovative and rigorous K-12 education using  Project-Based Learning designed to prepare students for university study and the STEM workforce.  Operated by the UT Tyler College of Education and Psychology, the district currently serves about  1,000 students in Tyler, Longview and Palestine. For more information, visit

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT  Tyler offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 10,000 students.  Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has  unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent  patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World  Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 

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