Senate Ed passes voucher bill

The Senate Education Committee voted out SB 3 Thursday morning on a 7-3 vote. Committee members voting “no” were Sens. Royce West (D-Dallas), Carlos Uresti (D- San Antonio), and Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo).

Budget bill moving in Senate

The Senate Finance Committee passed SB 1 on Wednesday, and Chair/bill author Jane Nelson indicated her intent to have the budget bill on the Senate floor by Tuesday of next week.

Pub Ed hears accountability reform bills

TCTA testified on a major bill in the House Public Education Committee hearing Tuesday. HB 22 by Chairman Dan Huberty is an attempt to remedy several of the problems that educators and others have with the state's current accountability system.

House Pub Ed Committee passes several bills

The House Public Education Committee passed a set of bills during its Tuesday meeting on topics ranging from allowing excused absences to visit a military recruitment center to expanding pre-K access to children of first responders.

Rural Texas lawmakers receiving questionable pro-voucher letters

Media reports have surfaced describing thousands of apparently fraudulent letters that several rural legislators have received in favor of school vouchers. One legislator received a letter purportedly from a former lawmaker who was known to be opposed to vouchers; when contacted, he confirmed that he had never sent such a letter.

TCTA President Donna Corbin testifies before Senate Ed on voucher bill

TCTA State President Donna Corbin of Lubbock was among the first to testify in Tuesday's public hearing on this session's major voucher bill, SB 3. The bill includes an education savings account program and a tax credit — both among the newer approaches in the ongoing efforts to divert public funds to private schools.


Educator Quality Subcommittee holds first hearing

TCTA testified on two bills at Monday’s meeting of the House Public Education Committee’s Subcommittee on Educator Quality, and expressed support for several others.

Coming up next week

Committee hearings are heating up, and TCTA will be monitoring and weighing in on dozens of bills next week.

TCTA offers mid-session update

As the 70th day — the midpoint of the 140-day legislative session — approaches on Monday, March 21, it is a good time to provide an update on some of the major issues TCTA is following and working on this session, including the budget, school finance, payroll deduction, health insurance, school vouchers and the bathroom bill. We strongly encourage our members to stay in touch with their legislators on any of these topics to ensure that lawmakers are aware of both your support and your concerns.

Is the TRS defined benefit structure in jeopardy?

Certainly it will be important for all educators to pay close attention to SB 1750 and SB 1751. These bills were filed near the end of the bill filing period (the deadline was Friday, March 10) and both have to do with potential restructuring of both TRS and ERS (the state employee retirement system).