About the Texas AFT Legislative Hotline
The Texas AFT Legislative Hotline is published by e-mail and to this site each business weekday (and some holidays and weekends when important news justifies a post) by the staff at the Texas American Federation of Teachers.
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Some context: The 2018 budget proposed by President Trump and Secretary DeVos is manifestly cruel to kids. It is catastrophic to the public schools our most vulnerable and at-risk students attend—and a windfall for those who … (read more…)
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday afternoon that he is calling the Texas Legislature back into session on July 18, first and foremost to enact what he termed a must-pass “sunset” bill continuing the existence of the state medical board, but after that to consider 19 other disparate items on his legislative wish list. A special session can go on for a maximum of 30 days, though the … (read more…)
The bill, SB 1, keeps per-pupil funding at the current level but reduces the state share of funding and relies on local property taxes to fill the gap. With … (read more…)
The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on a … (read more…)
Accountability and testing are the subjects of negotiations on two major House bills, HB 22 by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston) and HB 515 by Rep. Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston). In brief, the House versions of … (read more…)
That earlier voucher bill went nowhere in the House, never coming up for … (read more…)
–Voucher Bill on Senate Agenda for Vote Sunday Evening
–Transgender “Bathroom” Bill Returning as an Amendment?
First Look at a State Budget Deal: A House-Senate conference committee on the state budget bill for the next two fiscal years came to an agreement at 1 a.m. Saturday night. … (read more…)
One key deadline comes Saturday night. Senate bills not approved and reported from House … (read more…)