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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.

House committee approves recommendations for education spending

Mar 31, 2021

Wednesday morning, the House Appropriations Committee adopted the recommendations of the Article III subcommittee, which includes the budgets of TEA…

Senate budget passes out of committee

Mar 30, 2021

SB 1, the state budget bill, cleared another hurdle today as it passed out of the Senate Finance Committee unanimously.

Late House Pub Ed hearing includes controversial bill on district takeovers

Mar 30, 2021

The House Public Education Committee heard HB 3270 by Chairman Harold Dutton, which is designed to address problems the Texas Education Agency and…

Senate Ed considers removing SBOE veto power over charter approvals

Mar 25, 2021

Thursday’s Senate Education Committee hearing included discussion of HB 28 by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, which TCTA opposed. The bill would eliminate the…

Pensions Committee considers Sunset bill, votes out HRA study bill

Mar 24, 2021

The Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee met Wednesday and heard HB 1585 by Rep. Stan Lambert. The legislation is the result of the…

House Pub Ed hears bill regarding teacher resignations

Mar 23, 2021

The House Public Education Committee met Tuesday to hear 10 bills, including one that would help prevent excessive sanctions against teachers who…

House Pub Ed votes out seven bills

Mar 23, 2021

The House Public Education Committee voted out six of the bills that were heard last week, and one from the week before.

Education funding issues firm up in House committee

Mar 22, 2021

Subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee are meeting this week to consider revisions to the base budget bill, to be presented to the full…

Senate Education Committee meets to hear bills, receive Morath briefing

Mar 18, 2021

The Senate Education Committee met for a hearing on several bills, but first heard from Education Commissioner Mike Morath. Morath presented an…

Pensions Committee hears bills on TRS-Care study, return-to-work bus drivers

Mar 17, 2021

The House Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee heard three bills related to TRS issues on Wednesday.