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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.

High quality instructional materials on House Public Education agenda

Mar 21, 2023

The House Public Education Committee met for several hours Tuesday to consider 10 bills, including a TCTA-initiated proposal, a bill regarding high…

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 salary proposals

Mar 16, 2023

Several salary proposals have been filed this session; one priority bill of Lt. Gov. Patrick is scheduled for a hearing next week.

House subcommittee makes early determination on spending levels, approves health insurance assistance

Mar 15, 2023

A House Appropriations Committee subcommittee approved $5 billion in additional spending for public education, at least part of which is intended for…

Senate Education Committee considers first potential voucher bill

Mar 15, 2023

SB 1068 by Mayes Middleton has been a concern to the education community since it was filed earlier in the session, as it raises concerns that it…

Senate approves bill including partial TRS COLA funding

Mar 15, 2023

The Texas Senate approved SB 30 Wednesday on a 30-0 vote. The bill includes $1 billion to help fund benefit increases for retirees.

TCTA supports HB 4545 revisions and more in HPE hearing

Mar 14, 2023

The House Public Education Committee heard a dozen bills Tuesday, including HB 1416, which is intended to address some of the most egregious problems…

TCTA testifies for panic alert bill

Mar 13, 2023

HB 669 by Shawn Thierry, requiring that every classroom have a panic alert device, had a hearing Monday afternoon.

Teacher salary proposal filed

Mar 9, 2023

HB 11 by former House Public Education Committee Chair Harold Dutton was filed Wednesday. The bill includes provisions regarding teacher pay and…

Committees leave bills pending; Finance votes out supplemental appropriations bill

Mar 9, 2023

As is the norm with most committees, especially early in the session, most bills heard this week were left pending. However, a key financial bill is…