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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.

State budget headed to governor's desk

May 27, 2021

The only "must-have" bill of the session has now been finally passed by both the House and the Senate, and is headed to Gov. Abbott's desk.

Key bills on teacher training, counselor duties and more hit the home stretch

May 25, 2021

Several bills of interest to educators have passed in recent days.

Return of the dead bills

May 24, 2021

In this final week of the legislative session, there are many education bills still moving, some in limbo, a handful that have made it to the…

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…

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.…

Sen. Education Committee holds lengthy hearing on House bills

May 21, 2021

The Senate Education Committee had a long agenda for its Friday meeting, which could be its last of the session (though there is still a small amount…

Special education voucher bill passes House committee after significant amendments

May 18, 2021

The Coalition for Public Schools, of which TCTA is an active member, opposed SB 1716, a special education supplemental services bill that was…

Abbott says schools can't require masks after June 4

May 18, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that government entities, including school districts, will no longer be allowed to require face masks. For…

Controversial civics bill passes committee

May 17, 2021

After being set on the schedule at the last minute, then deleted, then added back in, HB 3979 passed out of the Senate State Affairs Committee Monday…

Accelerated instruction/outcomes based bonuses bill clears the Senate

May 17, 2021

The Senate passed SB 2094 Monday. The bill is one of a handful of proposals that would provide districts with bonus funding based on student…