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.

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…

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.…

Accelerated instruction/outcomes based bonuses bill clears the Senate

May 17, 2021

The Senate passed SB 2094 Monday. The bill is one of a handful of proposals that would provide districts with bonus funding based on student…

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…

HB 4545 revived, passes House on initial vote

May 13, 2021

HB 4545 by Rep. Harold Dutton refused to give up the ghost earlier this week when it was voted down 68-72 over concerns raised by school districts…

Bills passing House, Senate include stronger commissioner proposal

May 4, 2021

SB 1365 by Sen. Paul Bettencourt passed the Senate on an initial vote Tuesday. The bill strengthens the authority of the commissioner of education…

House committee considers bills reducing STAAR testing

Apr 13, 2021

The House Public Education Committee heard 30 bills in another long meeting Tuesday. Among the bills were three (HB 764 by Rep. Matt Krause, HB 2800…

Late House Pub Ed hearing includes controversial bill on district takeovers

Mar 30, 2021

The House Public Education Committee heard HB 3270 by Chairman Harold Dutton, which is designed to address problems the Texas Education Agency and…