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Legislative Update

This week, the Senate Finance Committee met to hear a report from the Comptroller and Legislative Budget Board for discussion around budget and revenue estimates and SB1 (Senate budget bill). In closing, Chairwoman Nelson shared that the top goal for the final biennium budget from each Senator on committee was maintaining commitments made last session to education.
  • This week, the Senate Finance Committee met to hear a report from the Comptroller and Legislative Budget Board for discussion around budget and revenue estimates and SB1 (Senate budget bill). In closing, Chairwoman Nelson shared that the top goal for the final biennium budget from each Senator on committee was maintaining commitments made last session to education.
  • The Senate is adjourned until February 16 and is holding Finance and Redistricting Hearings.
  • The House is adjourned until February 16 and House Committees will hold organizational committees next week.
Texas Education Agency Updates
The Texas Tribune Interviewed Mike Morath, Texas Education Commissioner today, watch here. They discussed TEA's response to the pandemic, vaccines for teachers, STAAR testing, the pandemic and achievement gaps, and hold harmless/school funding decisions.
 
This week, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the release of the 2020 Annual Report and School Year 2019-20 Pocket Edition. The Agency's Annual Report promotes the progress and advancements taking place in Texas's more than 1,200 public school systems. It also serves as a helpful resource for illustrating areas where Texas must maintain its investment in ensuring every student, regardless of circumstance, is prepared for success in college, a career, or the military.  
The 2020 Annual Report focuses on key areas of achievement based on the Agency's Strategic Priorities:
 
  • Recruit, Support, and Retain Teachers and Principals;
  • Build a Foundation of Reading and Math;
  • Connect High School to Career and College; and
  • Improve Low Performing Schools 

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