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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.

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…

Senate Ed hearing includes civics education discussion

Apr 8, 2021

Thursday’s Senate Education Committee agenda included a number of bills of interest, among them the Senate counterpart of the teacher training revamp…

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…

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…

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…

Controversial bill on fine arts/CTE credit heard in House Pub Ed

Mar 9, 2021

The House Public Education Committee held its first hearing Tuesday and took testimony on six bills.