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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.

TRS benefits and school safety mentioned in Senate Finance briefings

Jan 30, 2023

The Senate Finance Committee held its first budget hearing Monday on Senate Bill 1, the Senate’s base budget proposal, beginning with overviews from…

$15,000 teacher pay raise proposed

Jan 26, 2023

TCTA stood with State Rep. James Talarico and other supporters of teachers as he announced the filing of House Bill 1548 to increase teacher salaries…

Texas education survey shows strong support for public schools

Jan 25, 2023

Eighty-nine percent of public school parents are satisfied with their child's education, but teaching isn't considered a desirable profession.

Budget hearings to begin in Senate

Jan 24, 2023

While the House will move more slowly to organize committees, the Senate will begin budget hearings next week.

Senate committees appointed

Jan 23, 2023

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the committee assignments for the 88th Legislative Session. As expected, Sen. Brandon Creighton will serve as chair of…

House and Senate off until Tuesday

Jan 19, 2023

The House and Senate adjourned for a long weekend Wednesday, both chambers not returning until Tuesday. But behind-the-scenes activity continues, and…

House, Senate release base budget proposals

Jan 18, 2023

The House and Senate budget bills were filed Wednesday, with each proposing nearly $10 billion in new funding for public schools.

Governor, Lt. Governor inaugurated, address education priorities

Jan 17, 2023

Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were inaugurated Tuesday, Jan. 17. They each spoke about their hopes for the legislative session, including…

Legislature canvasses governor/lt. governor votes; base budgets could be released soon

Jan 12, 2023

The House and Senate met in a joint session Thursday for more procedural actions.

House and Senate adopt rules

Jan 11, 2023

The House and Senate met Tuesday to adopt the rules that will govern their operations throughout the session.