Bad-Bill Watch: HB 400 Knocked Off House Agenda Temporarily; SB 12 Held Up, Too

The House bill to provide “flexibility” for school districts at the expense of students and teachers, HB 400, was knocked off the House agenda for today by a procedural objection from Democratic Rep. Borris Miles of Houston. Rep. Miles spotted an error in the official bill analysis that forced the bill to be sent back to the House Public Education Committee for correction.

However, the bill was almost immediately approved again in a hastily called committee meeting, so HB 400 can be expected to reappear on the House agenda quite soon. That means your calls and letters are still urgently needed in opposition to HB 400.

The same goes for SB 12, the Senate version of the “flexibility” bill providing so-called “mandate relief” to school districts—again at the expense of teachers and their students. This bill, too, failed to come up for a vote today, amid indications of mounting Senate opposition. (We’ll have more to report on this opposition tomorrow in the Hotline.) Here’s a link to the letter you can send instantly to your senator against SB 12. Phone calls work, too—just call the capitol switchboard on our toll-free line at 1-888-836-8368, give your state senator’s name, and ask to be connected. Need to find out who represents you? Click here.