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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.

Teacher pay, school safety, benefit boost for retirees among Patrick's top priorities for 2023

Nov 30, 2022

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick included increased teacher pay, school safety and a benefit boost for retired teachers among his top budget priorities for the…

13th check bill on Friday House calendar; mask mandates to be considered in Monday committee hearing

Aug 27, 2021

The House is set to consider two important education bills Friday: SB 7, the 13th check for TRS retirees; and SB 15, the legislation on virtual…

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…

House Pub Ed hears bill regarding teacher resignations

Mar 23, 2021

The House Public Education Committee met Tuesday to hear 10 bills, including one that would help prevent excessive sanctions against teachers who…

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.

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…

House Pub Ed hearing includes discussion of threat assessment teams

Mar 16, 2021

The House Public Education Committee considered several bills in its Tuesday hearing. One bill generated a lengthy discussion between committee…

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.

Potential voucher language removed from COVID response bill

Mar 11, 2021

This session’s HB 3 is not specifically education-related, but instead addresses the state's disaster response related to the COVID-19 pandemic or a…

Abbott removes COVID restrictions statewide

Mar 2, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott announced today that he is removing COVID-19 restrictions, including the statewide mask mandate, effective Wednesday, March 10. The…