The Texas House adjourned sine die Tuesday without taking up any education bills from the Senate, marking the end of a fourth special session in which legislation on school vouchers, teacher pay and school funding failed to reach Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.Paige Williams, TCTA's director of legislation, told The Texas Tribune this week that advocates felt confident about defeating vouchers after speaking to rural Republican lawmakers throughout the past few months and confirming that most continued to oppose vouchers as they had during the regular session.
So far, Abbott has not said if or when he'll call a fifth special session, but Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told The Texas Tribune he thought one should take place in February ahead of the March primaries. Click here to read more.
The ongoing voucher fight and the need to increase funding for schools will make the March primaries more important than ever. Educators and other public education supporters will need to pay attention to candidates' positions on vouchers as they head to the polls.