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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.…

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…

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…

Charter bill voted down on House floor, but may be revived

May 6, 2021

A charter school governance bill that is opposed by most education organizations, including TCTA, was on the House floor late Wednesday. The bill…

Three education bills go down in House floor debate

May 6, 2021

Two bills dealing with non-educational aspects of charter schools failed on the House floor today, and another bill was killed by its own author…

Budget bill, TRS Sunset bill, and others on the move

Apr 29, 2021

The culling of bills has begun, as House committees wind down their activity on House bills and will begin to focus on legislation coming over from…

House Pub Ed hearing

Apr 27, 2021

Points of order and related parliamentary issues have plagued the House this session. An early example came during a meeting of the House Elections…

Bills of interest are passing out of the House, Senate

Apr 14, 2021

A number of education-related bills have not only passed out of committee but also have been approved by the House or Senate and will now move to the…

Senate Ed considers removing SBOE veto power over charter approvals

Mar 25, 2021

Thursday’s Senate Education Committee hearing included discussion of HB 28 by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, which TCTA opposed. The bill would eliminate the…

Patrick reveals priority issues

Feb 23, 2021

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released his priorities for the legislative session, describing them as “designed to protect taxpayers and the Texas…