We expect another big week in the House, with Public Education Committee Chair Dan Huberty’s HB 3 scheduled for floor debate on Wednesday; the Senate's version of the budget should begin moving as well.

Monday

The Senate State Affairs Committee will hear two bills aimed at curtailing government employee communications about political and policy issues. SB 904 by Sen. Bryan Hughes would prohibit a person, campaign or advocacy group from sending political advertising to a government email address (such as a school district address) with a $100 fine for each such email. SB 1569 by Sen. Pat Fallon would make it a Class A misdemeanor for a school employee to use district resources to advocate for or against a political philosophy or matter of public interest during working hours or compensated time.

Tuesday

The Senate Education Committee has a relatively short agenda that includes a TCTA-initiated bill. SB 2073 by Chair Larry Taylor provides that if a district schedules fewer than 180 days of instruction, the district must reduce the number of required teacher days proportionately, without reducing salaries.

House Public Education has scheduled 15 bills, including two initiated by TCTA. HB 3323 by Rep. DeWayne Burns requires districts to post their employment policies online, and HB 4487 by Rep. John Frullo provides that a student sent to the campus behavior coordinator is not considered to have been removed from the classroom for purposes of PEIMS or other required reporting.

Wednesday

HB 3, the House’s school finance reform proposal, will be debated on the House floor.

Senate Finance is scheduled to consider the Senate’s version of the state budget.