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Updates from the Capitol

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During legislative sessions, TCTA's top-ranked lobby team is at the Texas Capitol every day, working on behalf of Texas teachers and other classroom professionals. Our lobbyists carefully monitor and testify on legislation that could affect TCTA members and provide daily reports on legislative action. These updates are provided below and compiled and emailed weekly via the TCTA eUpdate newsletter.

TCTA calls for coordination of school mental health services

Aug 11, 2022

TCTA submitted testimony outlining the need for coordinating referral and provision of mental health services by a school-based mental health…

House committee holds hearings on teacher issues

Jul 28, 2022

The House Public Education Committee met this week for two long days of invited and public testimony on a variety of topics, ranging from House Bill…

$27 billion budget surplus bolsters prospects for education funding in 2023

Jul 15, 2022

Texas lawmakers will have an unprecedented $27 billion budget surplus when they return to Austin in January, bolstering the prospects for TCTA’s work…

TCTA calls for state funding boosts for active teacher health care, retiree annuities

Jun 9, 2022

TCTA urged lawmakers to consider a permanent solution to rising health care costs for active teachers who have seen their paychecks steadily eroded…

TCTA testifies on teacher pay, working conditions and other interim charges

May 27, 2022

TCTA provided testimony Tuesday on interim charges relating to the educator talent pipeline and monitoring the implementation of HB 3 (2019 session)…

TCTA testifies about need to increase teacher pay and state contributions to health insurance

May 5, 2022

TCTA testified before lawmakers about the need to invest in public school teachers by increasing pay and state contributions to health insurance.

Bills on critical race theory, preventing sex abuse now in effect

Dec 2, 2021

Several laws passed in the Texas Legislature’s second special session are now in effect, including Senate Bill 3, which prevents the teaching of…

Special session ends

Oct 19, 2021

The third special session ended early Tuesday and lawmakers are headed home after passing bills on redistricting, property tax relief, and more.

Several bills on track to pass as third special session nears end

Oct 14, 2021

As the third special session of the Texas Legislature enters its final week, no bills have made it to Gov. Abbott’s desk, though several are on track…

House committees hear bills on federal funds, transgender students in UIL competitions

Oct 6, 2021

Bills addressing two of the priorities laid out by Gov. Abbott for the third special session - the distribution of federal funds and the regulation…