Two education bills passed the Texas Senate floor Thursday: SB 1 with an 18-13 vote and SB 2 with a 30-1 vote. Both will now proceed to the Texas House where they may be debated, or the House may opt to consider its own proposals instead.
SB 1, the special session’s voucher bill, experienced the most vigorous debate of the day and a number of proposed amendments. Notable among them were:
SB 2, the special session’s education finance bill that includes $3,000 or $10,000 salary increases for classroom teachers, received a few notable amendments, including a one-year extension to the formula transition grant from 2019 and a grant for school districts that outgrow the 5,000 student mark to ease the transition between the higher and lower salary levels. Democrats proposed several amendments, but all failed on party line votes.
The House is likely to begin hearing bills next week in committee. With the ball in House’s court, all eyes on are them to see how (and if) vouchers and teacher pay raises emerge from the lower chamber.