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The 88th Legislative Session and resources for session

The Legislature convened for its 88th biennial regular session on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. This session, TSTA’s priorities—in addition to killing private school vouchers again—are more funding for public schools, including pay raises for educators; a cost-of-living increase and better healthcare benefits for TRS retirees and a substantial increase in the state’s contribution to healthcare costs for active educators. Our Top Education Issues page has more information about what we’re fighting for this session.

As an educator, your voice will be critical to keeping lawmakers on the right track, doing what is best for students, educators, retirees and public schools. We will send you updates throughout the session on important legislation and opportunities to reach out to your legislators. Sign up for these updates today.

The Texas Tribune also has an explainer for the longstanding and new education issues the Legislature is set to consider.

TSTA and 20 other advocate groups have joined together to make recommendations to the Legislature for addressing serious concerns about charter schools in Texas. Texas has strong laws to safeguard taxpayer dollars and protect parents, but many of these laws do not apply to open-enrollment charter schools. To ensure that Texas students, parents and taxpayers have more voice in the education choices they make and pay for, TSTA believes that existing charter schools must follow the same laws on parental rights and student protections as traditional public school districts do. We also believe that Texas needs a moratorium or a limit on the expansion of new charter schools.

Recommendations, which TSTA helped write, include changes that would help safeguard public funds, guarantee taxpayers’ voices in charter approval and expansion and promise access to all students regardless of disability or unique need.

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Agency Testimony

TSTA host a team of dedicated educational policy experts to represent the interests of TSTA members and students at the State Board of Education, State Board for Educator Certification and the Texas Education Agency. Here we’ll post recent testimony that we’ve presented to these agencies and to House and Senate committees.

TEA: Teacher Incentive Allotment rule comments

TEA: Concerning school safety requirements

SBEC: Concerning counseling public school students