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Legislative Update

Governor Abbott announced February 1, 7 p.m. as the date of his State of the State address, where he will outline his priorities for the 87th Legislative Session and update Texans on the COVID-19 response.

This week in the Legislature, the Texas Senate is conducting hearings on Redistricting and Finance. Both chambers will reconvene on February 9. Also, the Speaker of the House is working on Committee assignments, expected to be released mid-February.
Governor Abbott announced February 1, 7 p.m. as the date of his State of the State address, where he will outline his priorities for the 87th Legislative Session and update Texans on the COVID-19 response.

This week in the Legislature, the Texas Senate is conducting hearings on Redistricting and Finance. Both chambers will reconvene on February 9. Also, the Speaker of the House is working on Committee assignments, expected to be released mid-February.

There are a total of 1916 bills filed for the 87th Session. Below are bills related to gifted and talented education and students that have been filed so far:

House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 27
Designating the first full week in April as Gifted and Talented Students Week for a 10-year period beginning in 2021.

HB 1302 (Guillen)
Relating to indicators of achievement under the public school accountability system.Includes addition of pre-AP/IB course completion, credit by exam, identification as gifted and talented, acceleration.

HB 1303 (Guillen)
Relating to an academic distinction designation for high student achievement under the public school accountability system. Includes addition of pre-AP/IB course completion, credit by exam, identification as gifted and talented, acceleration.

Texas Education Agency Update
Commissioner Morath reported to the State Board of Education this week, providing updates on policy issues for the 87th Legislative Session, the agency's COVID response, public education funding, Operation Connectivity, special education, and virtual schooling. The agenda and the video of this meeting can be found here.

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