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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.

88th Texas Legislature convenes with huge surplus

Jan 10, 2023

The 88th session of the Texas Legislature began at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. The session kicked off a day after Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar…

Back to Business: Texas lawmakers to grapple with significant challenges during the 2023 session

Jan 1, 2023

Texas lawmakers will likely have more money than they can spend when the 88th Legislature convenes in Austin on Jan. 10.

Teacher pay, school safety, benefit boost for retirees among Patrick's top priorities for 2023

Nov 30, 2022

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick included increased teacher pay, school safety and a benefit boost for retired teachers among his top budget priorities for the…

Republicans maintain control of statewide seats in Texas

Nov 17, 2022

Texas’ lineup of statewide elected leaders remains just about the same after the Nov. 8 election with Republicans squarely in control of the Capitol.

TCTA presses lawmakers to invest in teachers, schools amid budget surplus

Oct 6, 2022

TCTA has been urging budget writers to significantly increase state funding for both active teacher health care and a mandatory teacher pay raise in…

Guaranteed pay raise, better working conditions key to addressing teaching shortage, TCTA testifies

Sep 22, 2022

TCTA pressed state lawmakers on Tuesday to ensure teachers receive a pay raise by providing funding for a salary increase and requiring school…

TCTA provides input on TRS pension fund, ActiveCare at House hearing

Sep 8, 2022

TCTA submitted written testimony about the TRS pension fund and TRS-Active Care during a Sept. 8 hearing of the House Appropriations Committee.

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…