House Pub Ed has marathon meeting including TCTA bill

We may at times fault legislators for the decisions they make, but we appreciate the many, many hours of work they perform in service to the state.

TCTA testifies on accountability legislation

TCTA told state lawmakers that a revamp of the state accountability system should include educators’ perceptions of their school climate.

House Pub Ed wrap-up

The House Public Education Committee met Tuesday with another lengthy agenda. The deadline for House committees to consider House bills is rapidly approaching, so committee meetings will be longer and more frequent for the next couple of weeks.

Among the bills heard Tuesday were:

Senate Ed hearing includes bills on dangerous school routes, student surveys

Tuesday's Senate Education Committee hearing included a bill addressing concerns about students who must travel through dangerous areas not served by school buses.

Budget conference committee begins meeting

The five House and five Senate members comprising the SB 1 conference committee held a brief organizational meeting Monday to kick off the process of negotiating the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget.

Coming up next week

The House/Senate conference committee on SB 1, the appropriations bill, will begin negotiations to see if agreement can be reached on a state budget. Conferees were named this week: Sens. Jane Nelson, Juan Hinojosa, Joan Huffman, Charles Schwertner, and Lois Kohlkorst; and Reps. John Zerwas, Oscar Longoria, Trent Ashby, Sarah Davis, and Larry Gonzales.

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.