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. 

House passes TRS-Care bill, potential retirement adjustment

The House passed HB 20 by Rep. Trent Ashby on a 130-10 vote Tuesday. The bill will use $212 million of Rainy Day Fund money to help lower costs for both Medicare-eligible and non-Medicare retirees.

TRS bills scheduled for House floor action

Two bills voted out of the House Appropriations Committee last week have been scheduled for House floor consideration Tuesday, Aug. 1. Both bills will help school retirees.

Weigh in on state’s federal accountability plan

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act, requires states to submit ESSA plans to the U.S. Department of Education for review and approval by Sept. 18, 2017. The Texas Education Agency posted its proposed plan for public comment; comments are due by Aug. 29, 2017.

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After fast start, Senate awaits House action

Having passed nearly all of the bills related to Gov. Abbott's special session agenda, the Senate is now waiting for the House to take action on legislation that includes vouchers, payroll deduction, teacher salaries, TRS-Care funding, and the bathroom bill (as well as more than a dozen other other non-education-related bills).

House Appropriations votes out teacher salary/TRS-Care bills

Thursday morning the House Appropriations Committee approved three bills supported by TCTA that would provide additional funding for Texas teachers.

House Appropriations considers teacher benefit bills

The House Appropriations Committee met Tuesday to hear several pro-teacher bills. One would provide a $1,000 teacher pay raise funded by a draw from the Rainy Day Fund; others would tap the fund (projected to be in excess of $11 billion) for TRS-Care assistance.