Texas Aspires’ Priority Bills Make Progress

With only seven full weeks left in the 85th Legislative Session, the legislative process is picking up! Texas Aspires has been hard at work pushing our legislative priorities, and we are thrilled with the progress. Below is a quick summary of some of our most recent updates.

District-Charter Partnerships

HB 3439 was heard Tuesday in the House Public Education Committee and received warm bipartisan support from the members. School leaders from existing partnerships shared their experiences and triumphs as well as the need to encourage the expansion of the innovative work they do. The bill’s companion, SB 1882, will be heard today in the Senate Education Committee. Texas Aspires thanks all TEN authors and co-authors of these two bills for their support of collaboration between districts and charter organizations!



A-F Campus and District Ratings


The House Public Education Committee unanimously voted HB 22 out of committee Tuesday, and the bill is now headed to the floor of the House. Texas Aspires has significant concerns with the final product of the committee’s deliberations and urges the membership of the full body to restore protections for vulnerable students, adequately weight outcomes over inputs, and retain clear indicators of overall school performance.



Exit-Level Assessment for High School Students


Both SB 2049 and HB 3778 have been referred to education committees in both chambers. As they await their hearing days, the Texas Aspires team has been hard at work in the stakeholder feedback process to ensure that the final product of this legislation is a well-vetted solution for the droves of Texas students that walk graduation stages every year. By ensuring that our high school graduates are prepared for their next steps, a Texas high school diploma will have real value in the Texas of tomorrow.



Teacher Quality Report


HB 2941 will be heard by the House Subcommittee on Educator Quality this Monday. The five-member subcommittee represents a broad array of school districts and each brings a unique perspective to the teacher quality conversation. As a product of Texas Aspires’ statewide Back-to-School tour, we believe that the teacher quality reporting process proposed in HB 2941 by Rep. Dutton works for all Texas schools and would provide vital information needed to drastically improve our teaching force in the Lone Star State.
We believe every Texas child, regardless of race, ethnicity or zip code, deserves a quality education. You can help make that happen.