Update: 86th Texas Legislative Session
We are a little over one month into the 86th Texas Legislative Session and the pace is starting to pick up. Legislators have until Friday, March 8 to file bills and joint resolutions. To date, 3,045 House and Senate bills and resolutions have been filed.
Governor Abbott gave his State of the State address in early February and identified school finance reform, increasing teacher pay, property tax reform, school safety, mental health programs, and disaster response as emergency items. This designation means that legislation related to those items can be taken up for a vote on the House or Senate floor in the first 60 days of the session. Bills not related to those topics cannot be considered for a floor vote until after 60 days.
Two key bills which meet these criteria are SB 2, related to property tax reform; and SB 3, related to additional funding to increase classroom teachers’ salaries.
2019 2x2 Reading List and Tejas Star Reading List Announced
New Members of the Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee Appointed
The Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee is comprised of two subcommittees: the selection committee and the program committee. The selection committee is charged with reading all suggested titles and selecting the final master list. The program committee is charged with publicity work, creating activities for each title, and selecting at random the children that present the award to the winning author. Congratulations to these new members!
- Selection Committee 2019-2022
- Krista Britton, Williams Intermediate, Perryton ISD
- Jennifer Sprague, Sycamore Spring Elementary, Dripping Springs ISD
- Christi Hinson, Heritage Intermediate, Frenship ISD
- Rachel Henderson Cook, Tanglewood Elementary School, Fort Worth ISD
- Program Committee 2019 – 2022
- Angela Jones, Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library
- Brenda Speck, Berkman Arts Integration Academy, Round Rock ISD
- Jolie Jennings, Bill Burden Elementary, Liberty Hill ISD
- Andrea Cardon, Williams Ledger Elementary, Copperas Cove ISD
Celebrate Lone Star Día in April
For more than 20 years, Children’s Day/Book Day, or
El día de los niños/El día de los libros has emphasized the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. It is a national celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates each year on April 30. Start planning your Dia programming now! You’ll find resources on the
; and on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission