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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.

Final bill summaries - 2023

Jun 7, 2023

The following are summaries of the education-related bills we followed that passed both the House and Senate and were sent to the governor in 2023.…

Bills of concern enter final stages of the process this week

May 17, 2023

Several education bills of concern are headed either to the governor's desk for approval or into House/Senate negotiations.

Revised school safety bill removes requirement that every campus have armed security

May 12, 2023

The Senate Education Committee hearing included the school safety legislation and one of the House's teacher bills.

Senate Education considers bill to protect UIL referees/judges from spectators

May 3, 2023

Like its House counterpart, the Senate Education Committee had a shorter-than-usual agenda this week. The schedule included legislation to protect…

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.

Slight slowdown in the final weeks of the session

May 2, 2023

Many major bills have passed one chamber but not begun moving in the second, as each chamber is focusing on getting its own bills moving before…

House floor action includes standards for student electronics use

May 1, 2023

The House and Senate daily calendars are increasing in length at this point in the session, with a variety of education bills passing every day.

Bills approved by the House or Senate this week

Apr 28, 2023

As noted in other updates, floor action in the House and Senate is ramping up as committees are in their final weeks of hearing their own chambers’…

Senate Education votes out bills including public school choice transfer expansion

Apr 27, 2023

The Senate Education Committee held this week’s hearing Thursday, but closer attention is due to the bills that are moving out of the committee, as…

Bill hearings include elimination of 4-day instructional week; prohibition on mid-year retirements

Apr 20, 2023

The House Pension, Investments and Financial Services Committee and the Senate Education Committee both held hearings Wednesday.