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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.

Abbott calls 3rd special session, agenda to include issue of transgender students in athletics

Sep 9, 2021

Only a few days after the end of the second special legislative session, Gov. Abbott called a third to begin on Sept. 20.

House Pub Ed holds 19-hour hearing on CRT, virtual ed, and more

Aug 25, 2021

The House Public Education Committee met for 19+ hours beginning Tuesday, discussing revision of the so-called critical race theory bill and…

Abbott includes TRS 13th check in special session agenda

Jul 7, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the agenda for the special session of the Texas Legislature that will begin Thursday, July 8. Lawmakers can only consider…

Final bill summaries

Jun 3, 2021

The following are summaries of the education-related bills we followed that passed both the House and Senate and were sent to the governor. Because…

House passes bills helping certain students, teachers from out of state

Mar 31, 2021

Two bills affecting education tentatively passed the House Wednesday. A final vote will be taken Thursday, and the bills will then move to the Senate.

House Pub Ed votes out seven bills

Mar 23, 2021

The House Public Education Committee voted out six of the bills that were heard last week, and one from the week before.

House Pub Ed passes first bills

Mar 16, 2021

The House Public Education Committee voted out three bills that were heard in last week’s committee hearing.

Controversial bill on fine arts/CTE credit heard in House Pub Ed

Mar 9, 2021

The House Public Education Committee held its first hearing Tuesday and took testimony on six bills.

Patrick reveals priority issues

Feb 23, 2021

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released his priorities for the legislative session, describing them as “designed to protect taxpayers and the Texas…

TRS has contentious Senate budget hearing

Feb 22, 2021

While the aftermath of last week’s winter storm was the focus of much legislative discussion, the Senate held budget hearings for TEA and TRS on…