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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.

Third special session begins

Sep 22, 2021

The third special session of the 87th Legislature began Monday, Sept. 20. As has been its custom, the Senate took quick action, but the House has yet…

Abbott calls 3rd special session, agenda to include issue of transgender students in athletics

Sep 9, 2021

Only a few days after the end of the second special legislative session, Gov. Abbott called a third to begin on Sept. 20.

Session ends with 13th check approval, CRT changes and more

Sep 3, 2021

The House and Senate adjourned "sine die" Thursday evening, putting an end to the second special session. The legislature passed bills addressing…

Education bills set on Thursday House calendar

Sep 1, 2021

The House will consider bills relating to critical race theory, instruction on child abuse and family and dating violence, and changes to HB 4545.

Funding for 13th check clears initial House vote

Sep 1, 2021

HB 5, a supplemental appropriations bill that includes funding for the 13th check, passed the House Wednesday on an initial vote.

13th check bill headed to governor, but funding is up in the air

Aug 31, 2021

SB 7 has now passed the House and Senate, but the bill providing funding for the 13th check has not passed either chamber.

Dutton issues challenge to Patrick

Aug 31, 2021

At the end of Monday’s meeting of the House Public Education Committee, Chair Harold Dutton issued a challenge to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

House committee considers mask bills, revisions to accelerated learning laws

Aug 31, 2021

The House Public Education Committee approved a bill revising the new law requiring accelerated instruction for certain students.

13th check, virtual instruction bills pass House on initial vote

Aug 27, 2021

At around 10:15 Friday night, the Texas House voted unanimously to pass SB 7, providing retirees with a bonus check up to $2,400.

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…