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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.

TCTA testifies against voucher plan

May 15, 2023

TCTA was the only teacher group invited to testify at Monday’s meeting of the House Public Education Committee, speaking in opposition to voucher…

Revised school safety bill removes requirement that every campus have armed security

May 12, 2023

The Senate Education Committee hearing included the school safety legislation and one of the House's teacher bills.

Where are teacher salary increases?

May 11, 2023

As the Legislature enters the final weeks of session, the options currently on the table are far from satisfactory.

Casino gaming bill, with revenue to benefit teacher salaries and benefits, on the House floor this week

May 11, 2023

A bill proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize casino gambling statewide, with 80% of tax revenues dedicated to teacher salaries and…

Voucher drama

May 10, 2023

A hastily-called meeting to vote on an extensive bill that includes a new testing system and a voucher plan was shot down in an unusual parliamentary…

SB 9, including Senate salary proposal, heard in House Public Education Tuesday night

May 10, 2023

The House Public Education Committee met until around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, with an agenda that included SB 9, the legislation that includes…

HQIM/lesson plan bill approved by Senate Education Committee

May 8, 2023

HB 1605, the bill on high-quality instructional materials that proposes to make available pre-written lesson plans to districts, passed out of the…

Senate Education considers bill to protect UIL referees/judges from spectators

May 3, 2023

Like its House counterpart, the Senate Education Committee had a shorter-than-usual agenda this week. The schedule included legislation to protect…

House considers bills on pre-written lesson plans, elective firearms safety course

May 3, 2023

The House approved legislation on high-quality instructional materials, a priority of the Commissioner of Education.

Slight slowdown in the final weeks of the session

May 2, 2023

Many major bills have passed one chamber but not begun moving in the second, as each chamber is focusing on getting its own bills moving before…