Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick this week announced his list of 31 priority bills, with only a few directly related to public education and three with dubious intentions. They include:
- Senate Bill 5 – Statewide Broadband Access
- Senate Bill 27 – Expanding Virtual Learning Options
- Senate Bill 28 – Charter School Equity Act
- Senate Bill 29 – Fair Sports for Women & Girls
While we certainly agree on expanding broadband access to improve opportunities for low-income and rural students, the other items appear to focus on more privatization of our schools with charter and virtual schools, along with a likely contentious topic of transgender students participating in girls’ sports. We’ll offer more detailed information on his priorities after the actual bills are filed.