TCTA testifies on out-of-state/country certification reciprocity

TCTA testified on a bill (SB 1839 by Sen. Bryan Hughes) before the Senate Education Committee on Thursday that would allow out-of-state/country educators certification reciprocity with Texas.

TCTA pro-teacher bills moving

Several TCTA bills are moving steadily through the legislative process, including two proposals relating to required teacher days.

House passes school finance bill

The House passed HB 21, the school finance reform bill by Chairman Dan Huberty, on an initial 134-16 vote Wednesday evening. Huberty, referring to last year's ruling by the Texas Supreme Court that the current method of distributing school finance funding was flawed, but constitutional, called the system "lawful, but awful."

Senate Ed tackles school finance; House Pub Ed hears a variety

A day before HB 21, the school finance bill, was scheduled to hit the House floor, the Senate Education Committee took up several finance-related bills. Committee Chair Larry Taylor presented a reform bill that streamlines the current, complex system, and was supported by groups advocating for greater equity in the system.

TRS-Care bill on the move

Despite an apparent setback in the Senate, the bill to prevent TRS-Care insolvency has taken its first step in the House. HB 3976 by Rep. Trent Ashby was heard in the House Appropriations Committee Monday afternoon and appeared to be favorably received by committee members. UPDATE: The bill was voted out of committee Tuesday.

Coming up next week


The House Appropriations Committee will hear HB 3976, the House's answer to the TRS-Care funding shortfall. The bill is similar to SB 788 but the House's higher level of funding reduces the projected deductible and premiums.

TRS-Care fix up in the air

SB 788, the bill addressing TRS-Care issues that recently passed out of the Senate State Affairs Committee, had been included on the Senate Intent Calendar for consideration by the full Senate earlier in the week, but was removed as of Wednesday.

Committees have full agendas during Tuesday hearings

Both the House and Senate education committees met Tuesday. The dozens of topics addressed ranged from continuation of the use of individual graduation committees to requirements regarding student health and safety, and included two TCTA-promoted bills.

Ed Quality subcommittee holds last hearing

The Educator Quality Subcommittee of the House Public Education Committee heard a number of bills Monday afternoon, many relating to teacher training and preparation requirements. TCTA testified on several of the bills.

TCTA testifies on bill that would let districts opt out of ActiveCare

TCTA testified on HB 1998 in the House Pensions Committee Monday, expressing concerns about provisions of the bill while acknowledging that some districts might benefit.