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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.

House considers bills on pre-written lesson plans, elective firearms safety course

May 3, 2023

The House approved legislation on high-quality instructional materials, a priority of the Commissioner of Education.

House Pub Ed hearing includes UIL scheduling, bilingual expansion

Apr 19, 2023

Tuesday's meeting of the House Public Education Committee included bills on UIL scheduling, expansion of bilingual education, and limits on school…

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.…

Special education voucher bill passes House committee after significant amendments

May 18, 2021

The Coalition for Public Schools, of which TCTA is an active member, opposed SB 1716, a special education supplemental services bill that was…

Bills that have passed the House or Senate

Apr 22, 2021

More than 50 education-related bills have gotten halfway through the legislative process. The state budget (the only bill the Legislature is required…

Senate Ed considers special education voucher bill

Apr 20, 2021

The Senate Education Committee heard nine bills, including one that would essentially create a voucher program for special education services. SB…

Senate Education Committee meets to hear bills, receive Morath briefing

Mar 18, 2021

The Senate Education Committee met for a hearing on several bills, but first heard from Education Commissioner Mike Morath. Morath presented an…