TCTA testified Wednesday on teacher performance pay and needed improvements to school finance. General Counsel Lonnie Hollingsworth Jr. stressed that standardized test results are not a valid measure of the quality of teaching, and that districts can and should find other ways to differentiate pay, including higher pay for additional duties, and for teaching in shortage areas and/or in hard-to-staff schools.

TCTA's testimony came on the second day of school finance hearings by the House Public Education Committee. Many superintendents testified on Day 1.

TCTA also testified on health insurance and teacher pay in a Senate hearing this week, and the House Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee received a briefing from TRS .

Next week, budget hearings continue and the House Public Education Committee hears its first bills.