What You Missed in the Texas Legislature Last Week

What You Missed in the Texas Legislature Last Week

Thousands of bills are being discussed, debated, and amended during the legislative session. It’s a challenge for anyone to keep up.

One easy way to stay up to date with the legislative happenings and how they affect Texas public schools is to subscribe to the TASB Talks podcast.

Amanda Quraishi hosts the show each week and talks with Dax Gonzalez, division director of TASB Governmental Relations, to give you a quick summary of everything you need to know. The episodes are released each Monday morning and are generally no longer than 30 minutes.

The episodes cover:

  • What happened in the Texas Legislature the previous week.
  • What to keep an eye out for this week.
  • Any important legislation that public education advocates should act quickly on.

Listen to TASB Talks: Lege Update

TASB’s legislative update podcast will release episodes weekly through the end of the 87th Texas Legislature in May.

Listen below, and be sure to subscribe to TASB Talks so you don’t miss an episode:

Lege Update: May 10, 2021

Dax is staying hydrated during these final weeks of the 87th Texas Legislature, where time is of the essence for any bills hoping to get passed. Texas trustees will return to the Capitol Wednesday. Our hosts talk about some public ed-related bills that died this week. 

Lege Update: May 3, 2021

TASB Governmental Relations is tracking 1,000 bills. Meanwhile, time is running out to get legislation heard. 

This week, Dax and Q discuss the $11.2 billion in federal relief funds that will be allocated to Texas public schools. How will they be distributed? What's the timeline?

Our hosts also chat about SB 28 and charter school accountability.

Lege Update: April 26, 2021

The House is working on the state budget. Some important amendments were made to SB 1 that affect education, including guidance on the $18 billion in federal relief funds.

SB 28 would limit the power of the State Board of Education and give more power to the education commissioner when it comes to charter applications.

Contact your lawmakers about SB 28: https://bit.ly/3tSr6vT 

Lege Update: April 19, 2021

Things are moving quickly in the #txlege. Listen to Dax and Q discuss:

  • The state budget and what it means for public education
  • SB 28, a bill that would weaken oversight of charters
  • $18 billion in federal funds meant for schools that have not been distributed.

Lege Update: April 13, 2021

On this week's Lege Update, Dax and Amanda talk about:

  • The budget bill that passed the Texas Senate.
  • An update on federal stimulus money for schools.
  • What happened with STAAR testing?

Lege Update: April 5, 2021

TASB Governmental Relations is tracking more than 1,000 bills in the Texas Legislature. Dax and Amanda discuss just a few of them, including:

  • SB 1, the Senate's budget bill
  • SB 28, charter school expansion
  • SB 481, pandemic operations
  • HB 299, individual graduation committees
  • HB 1525, the House Bill 3 (2019) cleanup

Lege Update: March 29, 2021

It's the first of our weekly Lege Updates! Dax and Amanda talk about:

  • The $12.4 billion in COVID relief funding earmarked for Texas public schools. How will it be used?
  • The Texas Supreme Court ruling on Houston ISD's school board
  • HB 1438 and charter school accountability
  • Charter school funding and spending

Lege Update March 22, 2021

Learn more about the education bills that were heard last week:

  • HB 749, community censorship, would severely limit school board members' abilities to advocate at the Capitol.
  • HB 3687 would increase transparency in lobbying.
  • SB 1365, directed at Houston ISD, would expand the powers of the TEA Commissioner.
  • SB 28, related to charter schools, would remove the authority of the State Board of Education to veto the commissioner's approval of new charters.