FEATURED NEWS
State budget provides $51.8B for schools; billions more to come via federal funding

In the 87th session that ended May 31, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act, that comprises the next biennial budget for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. SB 1 includes $51.8 billion for the Foundation School Program, the primary source of state funding for Texas school districts. This is a 5.6% increase over the current biennium.

Districts are now in the process of determining how to spend around $15 billion more that was approved in two rounds of federal COVID-19 relief legislation. Your district must solicit stakeholder input while developing its plan. Click here to read more and learn how you can provide input on your district's plan.
Special session set for July 8

Gov. Greg Abbott said lawmakers will return to Austin on July 8 for a special session. His office has yet to release details about which items will be on the agenda, but Abbott previously said he plans to ask lawmakers to address bills on election integrity and bail reform that died in the final hours of the regular legislative session. Abbott also indicated interest in further restricting the teaching of critical race theory in schools.

The special session will begin with tension over the governor’s veto of funding for the legislature and their staff effective Sept. 1, a move that is currently in litigation. There is the possibility of more than one special session, as Abbott has previously noted that he plans to add items to the call one at a time, requiring legislators to address a topic before he will add another. At least one additional special session will be necessary in the fall, after the state receives federal census data needed to accomplish the required redistricting process. 
 
Once Abbott formally announces the special session topic(s), prefiling of legislation can begin. TCTA will provide Updates from the Capitol on our website for any education issues that arise.
Watch our Legislative Wrap-up

If you missed our regular session Legislative Wrap-up June 19, you can watch the replay now to learn more about education bills that passed. Click here to log in to our members-only area, and you'll find the video in our Online CPE section.
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TEA seeks public input on ELAR 7-12 exam framework

TEA is seeking public comment through July 10 on its draft #331 English Language Arts and Reading 7-12 Framework. The framework, which is based on the standards approved by the State Board for Educator Certification, will help guide the test development process for the new 331 ELAR 7-12 TExES exam.
DECISIONS, DECISIONS
Supreme Court says school violated cheerleader's rights

A cheerleader failed to make the varsity cheer squad. While visiting a store over the weekend, she posted two images on Snapchat. Her posts expressed frustration with the school and the school’s cheerleading squad, and one contained vulgar language and gestures. When school officials learned of the posts, they suspended the student from the JV cheerleading squad.

After unsuccessfully seeking to reverse that punishment, the student and her parents sued the district, arguing that her posts were protected free speech and that the district could not discipline her for them. The case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, which sided with the cheerleader and supported her First Amendment right to free speech. Click here to read more.
OTHER NEWS
STAAR results show sharp declines, especially in math

The COVID-19 pandemic appeared to undo years of improvement for Texas students meeting grade requirements in reading and math, with students who did most of their schooling remotely suffering "significant declines" compared to those who attended in person, according to standardized test results released this week by the Texas Education Agency.

“The data may be disheartening, but with it, our teachers and school leaders are building action plans to support students in the new school year,” Education Commissioner Mike Morath said. “Policymakers are using it to direct resources where they are needed most.” Click here to read more.
Thank you educators!

The Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University has released a new public service announcement video to recognize the efforts and sacrifices that school personnel have made daily during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure students thrive. Thank you for being our heroes!
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CALENDAR
  • July 4 is Independence Day. (TCTA will be closed Monday, July 5.)
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