February 2019

February 2019

House Public Education Committee hears 21 bills

Date Posted: 2/27/2019

Yesterday was round two of bills up for public hearing in the House Public Education Committee.

Teacher pay raise bill sails through committee and is placed on Senate calendar

Date Posted: 2/26/2019

A bill that would grant all full-time classroom teachers a $5,000 across-the-board pay raise was placed on the Texas Senate Intent Calendar today.

Highlights of Friday's SBEC meeting

Date Posted: 2/23/2019

The State Board for Education Certification (SBEC) met yesterday, Feb. 22, in Austin to take up an agenda involving several actions items and discussions.

TRS board meeting in Austin this week

Date Posted: 2/22/2019

The Teacher Retirement System (TRS) board was in Austin for their regularly scheduled board meeting on Thursday and Friday of this week.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Feb. 22, 2019

Date Posted: 2/22/2019

In addition to preparing for the upcoming ATPE at the Capitol events this weekend, your ATPE lobbyists were once again busy covering legislative happenings in and around the Capitol this week. Here's a look at this week's developments.

House Public Education Committee hears first bills of the 86th session

Date Posted: 2/19/2019

The bills spanned topics including prekindergarten class sizes, educator preparation and training, assessment, and special education.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Feb. 15, 2019

Date Posted: 2/15/2019

It's been another busy week in the Texas capital. Here's a wrap-up of this week's education news highlights from ATPE Governmental Relations.

Major Texas education groups agree on charter school policy agenda

Date Posted: 2/14/2019

This month, 15 major education groups in Texas agreed on a policy agenda for charter schools.

ATPE and others testify on school finance commission recommendations

Date Posted: 2/14/2019

This week, the House Public Education Committee received feedback from various stakeholders regarding recommendations of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance.

Senate Finance Committee takes up public education funding in Article III of the budget

Date Posted: 2/13/2019

On Monday, Feb. 11, the Senate Finance committee heard testimony from the state agencies affected by Article III, the education portion of the state budget.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Feb. 8, 2019

Date Posted: 2/08/2019

Here's your chilly edition of this week's education news highlights from the ATPE Governmental Relations staff.

House Public Education Committee dives in on school finance

Date Posted: 2/07/2019

The House Public Education Committee held its second and third meetings of the session this week, Feb. 5 and 6, both designed to get committee members up to speed on the school finance system ahead of beginning their work attempting to improve the system.

Senate Education committee holds first meeting

Date Posted: 2/07/2019

The Senate Committee on Education held its first meeting of the 86th Legislative Session on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at the Texas Capitol.

State of the State and Union: Where does education fit in 2019 priorities?

Date Posted: 2/06/2019

On Feb. 5, 2019, both the Texas Governor and President of the United States delivered high-profile speeches in front of a large audience of lawmakers and the public.

Governor Abbott declares emergency items, includes teacher pay

Date Posted: 2/05/2019

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a total of six emergency items in Tuesday's State of the State address to a joint session of the 86th Texas Legislature.

House Appropriations hears from TEA and TRS

Date Posted: 2/04/2019

The House Committee on Appropriations met Monday to hear from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Teacher Retirement System (TRS) on the issues of school safety, school finance, the teacher pension system, and active and retiree educator health insurance.

House Public Education Committee kicks off its session work

Date Posted: 2/01/2019

This week, the Texas House Public Education Committee met for the first time this session.

SBOE unveils student-designed PSF logo

Date Posted: 2/01/2019

The State Board of Education (SBOE) quietly concluded its first meeting of 2019 on a light note. Chair Donna Bahorich (R-Houston) and Member Marty Rowley (R-Amarillo) unveiled the new logo for the Permanent School Fund (PSF).

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Feb. 1, 2019

Date Posted: 2/01/2019

Here's your weekly wrap-up of education news from the ATPE Governmental Relations team.