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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.

Bills that have passed the House or Senate

Apr 22, 2021

More than 50 education-related bills have gotten halfway through the legislative process. The state budget (the only bill the Legislature is required…

Senate Ed hears bill to allow districts to withdraw from ActiveCare

Apr 22, 2021

The Senate Education Committee heard these bills at its Thursday meeting.

House adopts TCTA salary protection provision

Apr 21, 2021

Wednesday morning the House took up HB 1525, the HB 3 "clean-up bill” by Rep. Dan Huberty that primarily addresses technical issues from last…

TRS Sunset bill moving on to Senate floor consideration

Apr 21, 2021

The Senate Administration Committee voted out the TRS Sunset bill Wednesday afternoon. The Senate sponsor of HB 1585, Sen. Eddie Lucio, laid out two…

Senate Ed considers special education voucher bill

Apr 20, 2021

The Senate Education Committee heard nine bills, including one that would essentially create a voucher program for special education services. SB…

Senate committee approves major changes to state employee retirement system

Apr 19, 2021

A bill significantly revising the state employees’ retirement system was heard and passed out of the Senate Finance Committee Monday. SB 321 does not…

Bills of interest are passing out of the House, Senate

Apr 14, 2021

A number of education-related bills have not only passed out of committee but also have been approved by the House or Senate and will now move to the…

Senate Education agenda includes student trustee bill

Apr 13, 2021

The Senate Education Committee considered SB 272 by Sen. Royce West, requiring school boards to include a nonvoting student position on the board. A…

House committee considers bills reducing STAAR testing

Apr 13, 2021

The House Public Education Committee heard 30 bills in another long meeting Tuesday. Among the bills were three (HB 764 by Rep. Matt Krause, HB 2800…

TRS bills on the move

Apr 12, 2021

The Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee voted out several TRS bills last Friday, and another key TRS bill has been scheduled for…