TCTA initiated several bills this session, and although some have inevitably succumbed to the vagaries of politics and the legislative process, many are still alive and well.

  • SB 1306 by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst/Rep. DeWayne Burns has passed the Senate and passed out of the House Public Education Committee. It would require districts to post on their website the contact information of administrators primarily responsible for student discipline at each campus.
  • HB 3323 by Rep. DeWayne Burns has passed the House and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Education Committee. It would require that districts post on their website their employment policy and the full text of any associated regulations or forms.
  • SB 1016 by Sen. Beverly Powell/Rep. Diego Bernal has passed the Senate and is scheduled for a House Public Education Committee hearing on May 14. The bill requires TEA to regularly audit the professional development/continuing education/training requirements imposed by the state, federal government and school districts, and seek to eliminate unnecessary topic-specific requirements.
  • SB 1451 by Sen. Larry Taylor/Rep. Trent Ashby has passed the Senate and passed out of the House Public Education Committee. It would ensure that a teacher would not be marked down on an appraisal based solely on the teacher’s disciplinary referrals or documentations of student conduct.
  • SB 2073 by Taylor/Rep. Ken King has passed the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the House Public Education Committee. It will allow districts that have reduced their number of instructional days to reduce required teacher days proportionately without a reduction in salary.
  • SB 2432 by Taylor/Rep. Scott Sanford has passed the Senate and passed out of the House Public Education Committee. The bill provides for mandatory removal of a student for serious harassment against a school employee.