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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.

Youth Health and Safety Committee takes up "handle with care" bill

Apr 17, 2023

A bill by Rep. Donna Howard would provide an opportunity for law enforcement agencies to notify districts about students who have experienced a…

School safety bills continue moving

Apr 11, 2023

A few key school safety bills, including a proposal to require an armed security officer at every campus, and other requiring panic alert devices in…

Discipline and mental health bills dominate Youth Health and Safety hearing agenda

Apr 10, 2023

Although the House Select Committee on Youth Health and Safety is not limited to considering bills that address behavior of students, roughly half of…

Senate budget proposal ties new education funding to vouchers

Mar 27, 2023

The Senate Finance Committee approved its education-related recommendations for the state budget, making an additional $5 billion in education…

House Youth Health & Safety Committee votes out bills affecting school safety and student discipline

Mar 23, 2023

The House Select Committee on Youth Health and Safety voted out several bills Thursday that address school safety and student discipline issues.

House bills on the move include HB 4545 fix

Mar 22, 2023

First education bills approved by House Public Education Committee.

Youth Health and Safety Committee considers bill that could affect removals from the classroom.

Mar 21, 2023

Monday’s hearing of the House Select Committee on Youth Health and Safety kicked off a big week of education initiatives in the spotlight. TCTA…

Teacher pay, school safety, benefit boost for retirees among Patrick's top priorities for 2023

Nov 30, 2022

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick included increased teacher pay, school safety and a benefit boost for retired teachers among his top budget priorities for the…

13th check bill on Friday House calendar; mask mandates to be considered in Monday committee hearing

Aug 27, 2021

The House is set to consider two important education bills Friday: SB 7, the 13th check for TRS retirees; and SB 15, the legislation on virtual…

Education funding issues firm up in House committee

May 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…