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The Texas Legislature meets every two years to set the state鈥檚 budget and consider and implement new legislation. The last session, the 88th legislative session, was in 2023. The 89th session will open in January of 2025.

The 极速六合彩 issues a legislative agenda for each Texas legislative session with a series of priorities and recommendations that are important to the district and public education in Texas. With the 89th session approaching next year, 极速六合彩's Board of Trustees's issued an interim legislative agenda on April 18, 2024, focused on three priorities: school safety, student achievement and school finance.

2024 极速六合彩 Interim Legislative Priorities

Safety

Safety

Partner with districts to provide sufficient, flexible and comprehensive funding that ensures all students are protected in classrooms.

Student Achievement

Student Achievement

Focus on proven academic supports and an accountability system that gives students, parents, educators and taxpayers an accurate picture of schools鈥 success.

Finance

School Finance

Fund Texas students through a sustainable, accountable and transparent school finance system.

2023 极速六合彩 Legislative Priorities

COVID-19

COVID-19

Allocate state funds to ensure public education is not disrupted due to financial hardships created by COVID-19.

Funding

Funding

Identify state revenue sources to sustain the school finance system established by House Bill 3 and continue buying down school district property tax rates.

House Bill 3

House Bill 3

Ensure the Texas Education Agency (TEA) implements HB 3 in accordance with the bill鈥檚 intent and make adjustments as necessary.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance

Ensure the Texas Retirement System (TRS) continues the work it began following the 86th legislative session to increase access to affordable health insurance for public school employees.

Accountability

Accountability

Require a complete recalibration of the accountability system in 2023.

Mental Health

Mental Health

Identify effective solutions and appropriate ongoing funding for identifying and serving students with mental health needs.

2023 Legislative Agenda Summary

  • School Safety

    School safety is the 极速六合彩鈥檚 number one priority. The 88th Texas Legislature should help districts improve security by increasing funding for safety enhancements and additional security personnel, allowing most practical application decisions to be made at the local level and prioritizing mental health by providing additional funding for student services and proactive intervention and by creating a platform that identifies students with mental health needs. Read the full agenda.

  • School Finance

    The state鈥檚 school funding model does not fully meet the state鈥檚 education needs or account for inflation and human capital shortages. Legislation is needed that improves school funding and student achievement, continues tax relief and protects local authority. Among the district鈥檚 16 recommendations to improve school finance are calls to change the state鈥檚 school funding model to be based on enrollment instead of attendance and adjust the basic allotment for inflation. Read the full agenda.

  • Human Capital

    School districts across the state are facing increasing difficulty filling all positions, from teachers and substitutes to bus drivers and food service workers. The state can establish policies and provide funding to help alleviate the staffing shortages. The 88th legislature should fund a teacher certification loan program, continue efforts to increase access to affordable health care for district employees and make state-funded teacher incentive programs accessible to all teachers in the state. Read the full agenda.

  • Unfinished Learning

    The unfinished learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is real. 极速六合彩 has addressed it head on, and the district鈥檚 students are making tremendous progress. Still, there is work to be done. The state legislature should help by sustaining funding for extended learning opportunities for students once federal funding ends and revamping the accountability system to reduce an over-reliance on STAAR testing. Read the full agenda.

  • Parental Rights

    The 极速六合彩 believes parents are critical partners with the school district in the education of their children and encourages active parental involvement in both creating and implementing its educational programs. The 88th Texas Legislature should protect those rights by maintaining the rights of parents already established by Texas Education Code (TEC) Chapter 26. Read the full agenda.

Contact your legislators

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TEXAS SENATORS

District 22

Sen. Brian Birdwell

Capitol Phone:
(512) 463-0122
Email:
Brian.Birdwell@senate.texas.gov
Capitol Address:
P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711

District 23

Sen. Royce West

Capitol Phone:
(512) 463-0123
Email:
royce.west@senate.texas.gov
Capitol Address:
P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711

District 9

Sen. Kelly Hancock

Capitol Phone:
(512) 463-0109
Email:
kelly.hancock@senate.texas.gov
Capitol Address:
P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711

District 10

Sen. Phil King

Capitol Phone:
(512) 463-0110
Email:
phil.king@senate.texas.gov
Capitol Address:
P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711

TEXAS REPRESENTATIVES

District 92

Rep. Salman Bhojani

Capitol Phone:
(512) 463-0522
Email:
salman.bhojani@house.texas.gov
Capitol Address:
P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768

District 96

Rep. David Cook

Capitol Phone:
(512) 463-0374
Email:
david.cook@house.texas.gov
Capitol Address:
P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768

District 94

Rep. Tony Tinderholt

Capitol Phone:
(512) 463-0624
Email:
Tony.Tinderholt@house.texas.gov
Capitol Address:
P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768

District 101

Rep. Chris Turner

Capitol Phone:
(512) 463-0574
Email:
Chris.Turner@house.texas.gov
Capitol Address:
P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768