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This morning, House Bill 1302 officially passed out of the House! Representative Guillen amended his bill on the floor with language TAGT and Gifted Education Family Network submitted to his office. He also took two amendments: one dealing with CTE and the other addressing military readiness. All three amendments can be found here. Representatives Meza, Button, and Shaheen signed on to HB 1302 as Joint Authors.
HB 1302
This morning, House Bill 1302 officially passed out of the House! Representative Guillen amended his bill on the floor with language TAGT and Gifted Education Family Network submitted to his office. He also took two amendments: one dealing with CTE and the other addressing military readiness. All three amendments can be found here. Representatives Meza, Button, and Shaheen signed on to HB 1302 as Joint Authors.

NEXT STEPS
  1. HB 1302 will head to the Lt. Governor's office for referral to the Senate Education Committee. The bill must be considered in and passed out of the Senate Education Committee within the next week to proceed. See call to action below.
  2. Once passed out of Committee, the Senate deadline for the bill to be voted on is May 16.
  3. If amended in the Senate, Rep. Guillen must concur with the changes or the bill would go to a Conference Committee. The House must adopt or Rep. Guillen must concur with Senate amendments by May 30.
  4. If no changes are made by the Senate, the bill would head to the Governor's desk to become law.
CALL TO ACTION
Please email or call the Lt. Governor to request that he refer HB 1302 to the Senate Education Committee.

Sample Script/Email: 

Dear Lt. Governor Patrick, 

I am writing to express my support of HB 1302 by Representative Guillen and to request that HB 1302 be referred to Senate Education quickly. HB 1302 is an effort to highlight educational strategies and practices used in K-12 settings to serve advanced learners, including gifted students, through the A-F accountability system. Thank you for your consideration and support.
 

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Last night, at midnight, the Texas House hit their first deadline- the last day for the House to consider bills on second reading. This makes the chances that HCR 27, dedicating the first full week in April to G/T education for 10 years, will be passed this session very low.

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