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March 2023 Texas Legislative Updates

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March 22, 2023

March Texas Legislative Updates

Texas Legislative Updates

Days until the 88th Texas Legislative Session Sine Die: 70 (May 29, 2023)

TEA & State Updates
DOE & National Updates
  • The House Education and the Workforce Committee passed two bills now heading to the House Floor for a full vote. H.R. 734 aims to prevent biological boys and men from participating in athletic programs designated for girls or women, while H.R. 5 would give parents more authority over educational decisions and add requirements for school systems to ensure parental engagement. Committee Democrats argued that these bills distract from student academic recovery, mental health support, and access to free school meals.
  • A conservative wing of the U.S. House announced its intention to roll spending back to 2019 levels and cancel President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan. If Speaker Kevin McCarthy agrees to their demands, it will eliminate most of the administration’s education budget requests, including a $2.2 billion increase for schools serving poor students and $.5 billion to address student mental health needs. On the other hand, the Biden administration wants to raise the $31.4 trillion debt limit to avoid what most economists anticipate would be a global economic crisis.
Articles of Interest
Important Dates
  • March 21 – House Public Education Hearing – Agenda
  • March 22 – Senate Education Hearing – Agenda
  • April 11-14 – SBOE Meeting
  • April 28 – SBEC Meeting
  • May 29 – Last Day of Regular Session

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