TCTA | Updates from the Capitol
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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.

Bills of interest are passing out of the House, Senate

Apr 14, 2021

A number of education-related bills have not only passed out of committee but also have been approved by the House or Senate and will now move to the…

Senate Education agenda includes student trustee bill

Apr 13, 2021

The Senate Education Committee considered SB 272 by Sen. Royce West, requiring school boards to include a nonvoting student position on the board. A…

House committee considers bills reducing STAAR testing

Apr 13, 2021

The House Public Education Committee heard 30 bills in another long meeting Tuesday. Among the bills were three (HB 764 by Rep. Matt Krause, HB 2800…

TRS bills on the move

Apr 12, 2021

The Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee voted out several TRS bills last Friday, and another key TRS bill has been scheduled for…

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.

Senate Ed hearing includes civics education discussion

Apr 8, 2021

Thursday’s Senate Education Committee agenda included a number of bills of interest, among them the Senate counterpart of the teacher training revamp…

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…

TCTA supports bill streamlining teacher training requirements

Apr 7, 2021

The House Public Education Committee held its longest meeting of the session so far, hearing nearly 40 bills in a 12-hour period. All bills were left…

TRS bills pass out of Senate Finance

Apr 7, 2021

The Senate Finance Committee heard and passed two TRS-related bills in its Wednesday hearing.

Pensions Committee focuses on retiree benefit increases

Apr 7, 2021

TCTA supported several bills in Wednesday’s House Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee hearing, many of which would provide…