Respect Agenda: Bill Watch

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In the 88th Legislature, our union’s top priority is to fight for the additional resources our schools need to keep our students and school employees safe, healthy, and thriving.

And that means, first and foremost, we’re focused on advocating for bills that give educators and school employees the respect they deserve.


Bills to Watch in the 88th Legislature

More than 1,300 bills have been filed already by Texas legislators for the upcoming session starting Jan. 10. Among them are bills that align with our Respect Agenda and could be hugely important to educators and students:

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Respect for Our Paychecks


Bill No.Filed byWhat It DoesStatusTake Action
House Bill 991Rep. Terry Meza (D-Irving)Establishes a minimum wage for school bus drivers of $15 per hour or matching the federal minimum wage if higher.Introduced

Respect for Our Classrooms


Bill No.Filed byWhat It DoesStatusTake Action
House Bill 97Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio)Walks back some of the censorship rules placed on teachers and students during the last legislative sessionIntroduced

Respect for Our Schedules


Bill No.Filed byWhat It DoesStatusTake Action

Respect for Our Retirement


Bill No.Filed byWhat It DoesStatusTake Action
Senate Bill 109 & House Bill 332Sen. Jose Menéndez (D-San Antonio) & Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg)Provides Teacher Retirement System retirees with a one-time cost-of-living adjustment.Introduced

Well-Funded Public Schools


Bill No.Filed byWhat It DoesStatusTake Action
House Bill 882Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin)Increases the basic allotment (state funding for schools) in relation to the Consumer Price Index (inflation). Introduced
House Bill 31 / House Bill 135Rep. Gina Hinojosa (D-Austin) / Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio)Requires that public schools be funded based on enrollment, instead of attendance.Introduced

Safe Public Schools


Bill No.Filed byWhat It DoesStatusTake Action
House Bill 1139Rep. Shawn Thierry (D-Houston)Requires school districts to employ one full-time registered nurse at each campus and maintain an average nurse-to-student ratio of 1-to-750. Introduced
Senate Bill 193 / House Bill 1061Sen. Borris Miles (D-Houston) & Rep. Bobby Guerra (D-McAllen)Requires schools to notify parents and guardians if a campus lacks a full-time nurse. Introduced
Senate Bill 205Sen. Sarah Eckhardt (D-Austin)Repeals campus carry requirements for state higher education institutions Introduced

Fully Staffed Public Schools


Bill No.Filed byWhat It DoesStatusTake Action
Senate Bill 89Sen. Nathan Johnson (D-Dallas)Makes the children of public school educators eligible for the state’s free pre-Kindergarten program. Introduced