The Senate Education Committee held its first meeting Thursday, with Chair Larry Taylor at the helm for his third session as chair.

Commissioner Mike Morath spoke to the committee, reviewing core topics with an emphasis on the strengths of Texas’s accountability system. Morath touted the recommendations of the school finance commission which, among other proposals, calls for outcomes-based funding of schools and incentive pay for teachers.

TEA staff briefed the committee on the state of special education in Texas, noting that the gap between high school graduation rates for students receiving special education services and other students is widening, and that TEA is working to implement a corrective action plan.