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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…

Variety of bills on Monday schedules

Apr 12, 2021

Although the education committees did not have hearings Monday, several education-related bills were scheduled for hearings in other committees.

TCTA opposes controversial bill addressing federal funds

Apr 8, 2021

With more than $17 billion in federal funds awaiting distribution to Texas public schools, state leaders have indicated that more information is…

Senate passes budget

Apr 6, 2021

The state budget continues to move through the legislative process, passing out of the full Senate Tuesday on a unanimous vote.

Big money, big questions

Apr 1, 2021

Members of the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Finance Committee have begun asking questions about federal funds that have been approved…

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.

House Public Education Committee hears from Morath

Mar 2, 2021

The House Public Education Committee held its first meeting of the session Tuesday, kicking off with a briefing from Education Commissioner Mike…

Patrick reveals priority issues

Feb 23, 2021

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released his priorities for the legislative session, describing them as “designed to protect taxpayers and the Texas…

TRS has contentious Senate budget hearing

Feb 22, 2021

While the aftermath of last week’s winter storm was the focus of much legislative discussion, the Senate held budget hearings for TEA and TRS on…