Capitol Activity Picks Up As Committees Hear Bills

It's near the halfway mark of the 85th Texas Legislature -- 70 days down and 70 more to go in the 140-day session that kicked off on Jan. 10. More than 8,000 bills have been filed, and hearings on some of those bills have begun in earnest.

The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday heard testimony on Senate Bill 3, which would establish Education Savings Accounts -- vouchers -- for certain Texas students. Advocates and opponents showed up with studies and numbers bolstering their position.
Read more here: School choice bill proponents, foes debate what's best for families

Meanwhile, the House Public Education Committee heard testimony on House Bill 22, which proposes changes in the state's A-F school and district accountability system and would postpone full implementation until August 2019, rather than August 2018. Superintendents and public education advocates generally like the bill although they dislike the A-F system. HB 22 at least attempts to correct the system, they said.
Read more here: School leaders welcome proposed changes to A-F system

Funding for high-quality full-day preK has long been a priority for SBISD, and for Gov. Greg Abbott. But Abbott is finding few allies in the Legislature when it comes to increasing funding for preK.
Read more here: Analysis: Can Abbott assemble an army for this session’s pre-K fight?


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