House and Senate plan weekend work as session's end nears

The House and Senate are both expected to consider major parts of Gov. Greg Abbott's agenda on Saturday, including a school finance plan in the Senate. (The Saturday calendar was not yet official when this update was posted.) The House calendar includes property tax reform legislation and a bill relating to do not resuscitate (DNR) orders.

Senate Education Committee considers school funding bill

The Senate Education Committee held a Friday morning hearing on HB 21, the House’s school finance bill. The House version provides more than $1.8 billion in new funding for public schools, but the Senate substitute will remove most of that, providing additional funding of $331 million.

Status update on TRS-Care, teacher salary proposals

After a flurry of activity at the beginning of the special session, action on bills that would provide financial relief to teachers and retirees are in a holding pattern. Next Wednesday, Aug. 16, is the last possible day of the special session.

House Pub Ed votes out bills including new ASATR aid attempt, salary study

The House Public Education Committee held a formal hearing Wednesday to vote out three bills, including a bill to help certain districts losing state funding and legislation addressing teacher salaries. 

House Public Ed hears bills not on governor’s agenda

The House Public Education Committee met Tuesday to hear several bills, many of which do not fall into the categories laid out by the governor as the agenda for this special session. Chair Dan Huberty acknowledged that while they may not be the governor’s priorities, many of these bills represented issues that the committee/House considered important.

House Appropriations hears bills to revise Rainy Day Fund

The Senate gaveled in to debate and pass a single Sunset-related bill, then adjourned until Thursday. Meanwhile, the House continues work on legislation both on and off of the governor's priority agenda.

Coming up next week

Monday morning, the House Appropriations Committee will hear several bills to move certain excess funding that would otherwise go into the Rainy Day Fund into school funding or TRS.

House passes school finance/funding bills; bill to continue ASATR dies

The House passed three school finance bills Friday, but rejected legislation that would have extended an expiring provision of law that provides funding assistance for certain districts.

Education issues on hold until Friday

With the Senate absent for most of the week, our focus has been on the House, but after Tuesday's marathon Public Education Committee hearing, the House took a break from education issues for a few days. But the House has scheduled four school finance and related bills for floor action Friday.

HB 30 by Zerwas appropriates $1.9 billion in additional funding for public education.

Lengthy House Public Education hearing includes several bills of interest

TCTA provided testimony on a number of bills in Tuesday's House Public Education hearing, which began at 8 a.m. and lasted until 9:30 at night. Much of that time was spent hearing from more than 50 witnesses on the school finance/voucher legislation, HB 253 by Rep. Ron Simmons.