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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.

Committee chair loses battle over accelerated learning bill

May 11, 2021

HB 4545 by Rep. Harold Dutton is one of several of the committee chairman’s bills that have struggled to stay alive in recent days. Dutton has…

Literacy academy deadline bill and others stay alive as key deadline looms

May 11, 2021

The House is in the final days of debating House bills. Thursday is the last day that the House can consider most House bills (“consent” bills with…

Bill reducing STAAR testing passes House

May 8, 2021

HB 764 by Rep. Matt Krause passed the House Saturday on a vote of 136-6. The bill addresses several testing issues, including reducing required STAAR…

Charter bill voted down on House floor, but may be revived

May 6, 2021

A charter school governance bill that is opposed by most education organizations, including TCTA, was on the House floor late Wednesday. The bill…

Three education bills go down in House floor debate

May 6, 2021

Two bills dealing with non-educational aspects of charter schools failed on the House floor today, and another bill was killed by its own author…

On a day of controversial bills and unusual events, a few items related to education issues saw action

May 5, 2021

On Wednesday, the Senate took around six hours to debate a bill that will allow Texans to carry firearms without a permit. After several hours of…

Bills passing House, Senate include stronger commissioner proposal

May 4, 2021

SB 1365 by Sen. Paul Bettencourt passed the Senate on an initial vote Tuesday. The bill strengthens the authority of the commissioner of education…

Tuesday committee hearings include radical change to state employee retirement

May 4, 2021

The House Appropriations Committee held a hearing Tuesday on SB 321, a bill to restructure the state’s retirement plan for new state employees. The…

Comptroller adds $3.1 billion to state revenue estimate

May 3, 2021

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar released his revised revenue estimate for the state today, informing lawmakers that they have $3.12…

Budget bill, TRS Sunset bill, and others on the move

Apr 29, 2021

The culling of bills has begun, as House committees wind down their activity on House bills and will begin to focus on legislation coming over from…