Gov. Greg Abbott declared school funding and teacher pay as emergency items during his State of the State address on Tuesday. Property tax reform and school safety also made the governor's list of top priorities for the 2019 session.

The House and Senate education committees held hearings this week. In the Senate, lawmakers heard from Education Commissioner Mike Morath, who discussed recommendations by the school finance commission. In the House, lawmakers also were briefed on school finance reform.

Next week, House and Senate committees will continue their hearings on the budget and school finance.