House Public Ed considers controversial bills

9:00 a.m.

The House Public Education Committee met Tuesday afternoon to begin a marathon hearing on several bills, including a number of controversial proposals. Several hours of testimony were devoted to HB 400 (more information here); other bills up for consideration included:





HB 400 committee hearing

Late into Tuesday evening (and, technically, Wednesday morning), the House Public Education committee held a public hearing that included testimony regarding Chairman Rob Eissler’s "game-changing" deregulation bill, HB 400.

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Comptroller revises revenue estimate upward

1:00 p.m.

State Comptroller Susan Combs provided legislators with a bit of good news Monday, revising her revenue estimate for the state upward by $300 million based on improved sales tax returns.

TRS valuation includes mixed news

5:00 p.m.

Although the comprehensive annual valuation of the Texas Teacher Retirement System is performed on August 31 each year, during odd-numbered years when the Legislature is in session, a "lite" version is conducted on Feb. 28. This year's mid-year valuation was released on Friday, and the news is mixed.

SB 912 on nonrenewal notice deadlines passes Senate

12:00 noon

The Senate passed SB 912 unanimously on Wednesday, moving it to the House in the hope of quick passage that will allow it to become law in time to affect nonrenewal notices for the current school year.

TCTA opposes harmful bills in Senate Education Committee hearing

10:00 p.m.

TCTA testified in opposition to two potentially damaging bills that were heard in the Senate Education Committee Tuesday; both bills were left pending.