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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.

Legislative action slows down as major bills remain in limbo

May 21, 2021

The House and Senate appear to have begun a standoff, with key bills in one chamber being held until particular legislation passes in the other.…

Best and worst bills we're watching

May 14, 2021

As the House reached a critical deadline this week and the last day of the session (May 31) is just over two weeks away, our list of more than 800…

Literacy academy deadline bill and others stay alive as key deadline looms

May 11, 2021

The House is in the final days of debating House bills. Thursday is the last day that the House can consider most House bills (“consent” bills with…

Federal funds partially released

Apr 28, 2021

State leaders have announced the release of a portion of the federal funds due to Texas schools as a result of recent federal legislation. Of the…

House passes budget, adopts anti-voucher amendment

Apr 23, 2021

The Texas House passed its version of the state budget (SB 1) late Thursday night. With fewer fireworks than usual, lawmakers adopted 146 amendments…

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…