TCTA has initiated several bills this session, many of which are already making progress:

  • HB 43 by Rep. Gina Hinojosa prohibits charter schools from denying admission to students based on their discipline history. Hearing in House Public Education Committee scheduled for next week.
  • HB 3322 by DeWayne Burns requires districts to post online contact information for each campus’s behavior coordinator or other administrator responsible for student discipline. Hearing in House Public Education Committee scheduled for next week.
  • HB 3323 by Burns would require districts to post their employment policies and associated regulations on their website, making it easier for a teacher to have access to grievance forms and salary policies. Hearing held April 2, currently pending in House Public Education Committee.
  • HB 4487 by Rep. John Frullo provides that informal referrals of students out of the classroom for disciplinary purposes (e.g., sending the student to the campus behavior coordinator) are not considered “removals” for purposes of state and federal reporting requirements. This helps ensure that teachers will not be pressured to keep disruptive students in the classroom. Hearing held April 2, currently pending in House Public Education Committee.
  • SB 1306 by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst is the Senate companion to HB 3322 above. Voted favorably out of Senate Education Committee.
  • SB 1451 by Sen. Larry Taylor ensures that teachers will not be marked down on their appraisal solely based on referring students out of the classroom or documenting student misbehavior. Voted favorably out of Senate Education Committee.
  • SB 2073 by Taylor allows districts that have decreased their number of instructional days to also decrease required teacher days without a reduction of salary. Voted favorably out of Senate Education Committee.
  • SB 2432 by Taylor makes criminal harassment, including threats, against a school employee, by a student a mandatory removal from the classroom. Voted favorably out of Senate Education Committee and set on Senate floor calendar.