TRS roundup - so far

10:00 p.m.

As the final month of this legislative session begins, some TRS-related proposals are moving. The following have at least passed out of committee and have a chance of becoming law:

SB 4 passes Senate

 

In an unexpected development, the Texas Senate passed SB 4 by a vote of 28-3 on Thursday, April 28. TCTA has consistently been opposed to SB 4, but was working with the staff of the Senate sponsor, Senator Florence Shapiro, to improve the bill. Although Senator Shapiro introduced a floor amendment, it did not address some of the major concerns we had about the bill. As the bill moves to the House, TCTA will continue to work to ensure an acceptable outcome.

TCTA Structure: 

Still in limbo: teacher salaries, legal rights and more

 

TCTA has been working tirelessly this session on two bills that would affect teacher salaries, legal protections and class sizes. Districts are asking for these changes to provide them with flexibility to cut costs during difficult economic times. TCTA and other teacher groups have suggested changes that would allow a level of flexibility, but would minimize harm to classrooms and teachers, and limit changes to times of financial uncertainty (rather than the permanent changes that have been included in some bills).

TCTA Structure: 

School finance bills emerging

8:00 a.m.

The mechanism for distributing funds to school districts has sometimes been overlooked in the concern over how much money school districts will receive in the next two years, and in how laws may be changed to accommodate reduced school spending.

A budget update

10:00 p.m.

Budget debates are on hold in the Texas Senate as leaders struggle to find the votes needed to bring HB 1, the appropriations bill, to the Senate floor.

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