Monthly Archives: May 2011

Instructional Materials Allotment Revived in Special Session

HB 6, which established a new funding mechanism for technology for Texas school districts, died in the last few minutes of the 82nd Texas Regular Legislative Session.  It became a victim of the attempt to slow down the passage of … Continue reading

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SB 773 – Close to the Finish Line

SB 773, the legislation that extends the telecommunications discounts until 2016 for schools (K-20), libraries, and hospitals passed both chambers of the Texas Legislature and is now on the way to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  Although we had pushed … Continue reading

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The 82nd Legislature Goes into Special Session #1

Since the Senate failed to pass the “must pass” school finance plan which was included in SB 1811, the Governor called for a Special Session to begin on May 31st at 8:00 AM.  In order to help you understand this, I … Continue reading

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HB 1054 sent to the Full House of Representatives

The House Public Education Committee voted today to send HB 1054 to the full House for a vote.  An earlier blog post described the details of this bill.  This legislation, authored by Representative Diane Patrick, will require teachers and principals … Continue reading

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HB 6 Moves to the Full Senate

The Senate Education Committee heard testimony on HB 6 this morning. Joyce Stevens, the Director of Academic Technology Services from Northside ISD, testified on behalf of TCEA and her school district. She urged the committee to support the bill but … Continue reading

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HB 6 to be Heard in Senate Education Committee

HB 6, legislation that combines funds for textbooks and technology, will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, May 5th, at 8:30 AM.  The Senate version, SB 6, has already been approved by the Texas Senate. However, in … Continue reading

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