The 84th Legislative Session: What Passed, What Didn't

TASA Governmental Relations staff updated attendees of the 2015 UT/TASA Summer Conference on Education in June on the outcome of the 84th legislative session. Download the legislative update presentation slides.
 
TEA has posted its Briefing Book on Texas Public Education Legislation, which summarizes the education-related bills passed by the 84th Texas Legislature and provides analysis of how each bill changes current law, any action required for the 2015-16 school year, and any outstanding issues (the need for rules or procedures to be developed for implementation, etc.). 
 

TASA's Final Bill Report: Education-Related Bills Passed by the 84th Legislature

Follow the links below or in the left navigation to detailed summaries of the bills included in TASA's Final Bill Report for the 2015 legislative session or download a PDF. (Note that the table of contents and page references within the PDF are clickable links for ease of navigation within the document. While the links are not visible in some browsers, they are live.)
 
Accountability Finance
Administration/Operations
Paperwork/Reporting
Assessment Staff Development
Certification Student Health/Well-Being
Charter Schools Taxation
Curriculum Teacher Retirement System
Discipline/Safety Texas High Performance Schools Consortium
Early Education  UIL/Extracurricular Programs

Initiatives That Did Not Pass

  • vouchers/tax credit-scholarships
  • opportunity school districts/local control districts/parent trigger bills that would have taken power away from school boards
  • extensive local debt information required on bond ballots
  • school finance reform
  • funding for TRS pension surcharge (1.5 percent total payroll)
  • flexibility in moving the start date back
  • reduction in the number of state assessments in grades 3-8
  • elimination of state-mandated writing assessments
  • home schooled student participation in UIL activities

Education-Related Bills Vetoed by the Governor

  • SB 313 – would have required the SBOE to review and narrow the scope of the TEKS and allow front-loading of IMA funding in the first year of the biennium. It also would have prohibited the SBOE from adopting a proclamation in which the total cost of the materials would exceed 75 percent of the total amount used to fund the IMA. However, HB 1474, passed and signed by the governor, makes the annual IMA funding a biennial allotment, allowing districts to frontload the use of IMA funding during the first year of the biennium.
  • SB 496 – would have provided funding for an Optional Flexible School Day (OFSD) among other things. However, HB 2660, passed and signed by the governor, includes the same OFSD funding language contained in SB 496.
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