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.

Special session ends

Oct 19, 2021

The third special session ended early Tuesday and lawmakers are headed home after passing bills on redistricting, property tax relief, and more.

Several bills on track to pass as third special session nears end

Oct 14, 2021

As the third special session of the Texas Legislature enters its final week, no bills have made it to Gov. Abbott’s desk, though several are on track…

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…

Major bills on the move

May 27, 2021

Some of the biggest education bills of the session were addressed Wednesday. The Senate took up three significant education bills, while the House…

Education funding issues firm up in House committee

May 22, 2021

Subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee are meeting this week to consider revisions to the base budget bill, to be presented to the full…

Legislative action slows down as major bills remain in limbo

May 21, 2021

The House and Senate appear to have begun a standoff, with key bills in one chamber being held until particular legislation passes in the other.…

Best and worst bills we're watching

May 14, 2021

As the House reached a critical deadline this week and the last day of the session (May 31) is just over two weeks away, our list of more than 800…

Literacy academy deadline bill and others stay alive as key deadline looms

May 11, 2021

The House is in the final days of debating House bills. Thursday is the last day that the House can consider most House bills (“consent” bills with…

Federal funds partially released

Apr 28, 2021

State leaders have announced the release of a portion of the federal funds due to Texas schools as a result of recent federal legislation. Of the…

House passes budget, adopts anti-voucher amendment

Apr 23, 2021

The Texas House passed its version of the state budget (SB 1) late Thursday night. With fewer fireworks than usual, lawmakers adopted 146 amendments…