The TEA Governmental Relations team manages the agency’s communications and interactions with the Texas Legislature, the Office of the Governor, elected officials, other state agencies, and stakeholder groups. Our office handles all legislative inquiries, monitors legislative hearings as well as prepares TEA staff to provide testimony when requested. Additionally, Governmental Relations tracks and analyses all education related legislation from bill introduction through implementation.
Legislative Hearing Presentations
Recent TEA presentations to the Legislature are listed below:
Senate Finance Committee
Senate Education Committee
Senate - Other
House Appropriations Committee
House Public Education Committee
House - Other
Improving Support for Teachers (Commissioner Presentation to TASA/TASB 2.26.19) (PDF)
Legislative Appropriations Request September 12, 2018 (PDF 1.1MB)
House Bill 3
House Bill 3 is a sweeping and historic school finance bill that was passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019 and signed by Gov. Gregg Abbott. To read more about the bill visit our House Bill 3 page or email HB3info@tea.texas.gov.
Program and Budget Rider One Pagers
School Finance Commission
Information on the Texas Commission on Public School Finance can be found here.
Legislative Required Reports
The Texas Education Agency is required to provide reports on a variety of topics to the Texas Legislature. Reports to the 86th Legislature can be found at the Legislature Reports page. Previous reports to prior Legislative Sessions may be obtained by contacting Governmental Relations.
Legislative Session Briefing Book
After each Legislative Session, the Texas Education Agency produces a briefing book that describes new legislation that impacts public education. This briefing book is intended to be a high-level overview, and it is recommend researching the actual bill for specific language.
- 87th-Briefing Book (PDF 5.2 MB)
- 86th Briefing Book (PDF 3537KB)
- 85th Briefing Book (PDF 886KB)
- 84th Briefing Book (PDF 1036KB)
School Finance Reports and Data
- General Information on state funding can be found here.
- Information on state funding reports and data can be found here.
- Information on specific school system financial data can be found here.
The 86th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3 and House Bill 3906, which requires the formation of five advisory committees to support public education
Please contact (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any legislative inquiries.
Agency: (512) 463-9734
Governmental Relations: (512) 463-9682
1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
Hunter Thompson, Director
Sarah Harrington, Specialist
Joanna Warren, Specialist