HB 3, the House’s school finance reform bill, was voted out of committee this week, with a TCTA proposal in place of the original merit pay plan. TCTA’s fix removed the performance pay provision and other troubling aspects of the bill. HB 3 includes an increase in the state minimum salary schedule, but not an across-the-board raise, and TCTA will continue to work for a significant pay raise for all educators. Read more here .

The budget took another step   in the slow march through the legislative process, passing out of the House Appropriations Committee this week. House Bill 1 includes $9 billion in funding for schools and property tax relief. The committee also approved a supplemental bill that includes funding for a 13 th check for retirees. 

The full House has now begun considering legislation on the floor, and its first calendar included a number of education-related bills. See which proposals are off to a quick start here.

Next week includes a huge agenda of school safety bills in House Public Education, two budget bills on the House floor, and three TCTA bills in the Senate Education Committee.