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LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION

TCCTA 2016 Legislative Program

In October 2016, TCCTA’s 2016-17 Legislative Committee, chaired by Anne-Marie Schlender, Austin Community College–Rio Grande, will recommend a new legislative program for the 85th Legislative Session that convenes January. The Executive Committee will review them for approval at their meeting in December 2016.

TCCTA will also testify and take positions on a variety of bills as they are considered in House and Senate committees. Members are urged to be on the alert for communications calling for targeted contact with lawmakers. On matters of strategy, the association relies heavily on the advice of Beaman Floyd, TCCTA lobbyist. Get up to date with the annual Legislative Update.

Here is the program for 2016:

  • Support the overall recommendation of the Texas Association of Community Colleges in the amount of $1.83 billion to fund Core Operations, Student Success, and Instruction for the 2018-2019 biennium. Any incentive funding should be consistent with academic integrity.
  • Support approaches to incentive funding that are based upon valid measures, recognize the primary role of faculty in upholding academic standards, and do not diminish formula appropriations or penalize part-time attendance or workforce training.
  • Support efforts to maintain and improve benefits for community and technical college employees and retirees in TRS and ORP.
  • Support the Legislature’s historical commitment to full participation of community college educators in the Group Benefits Program for state and higher education employees under the Employees Retirement System of Texas, including adjustments for rising costs.
  • Support institution-based developmental education while encouraging new programs derived from demonstrated best practices.
  • Support efforts to address the cost of textbooks that do not restrict the professional judgment of faculty in selecting academically appropriate materials for students.

Public Policy Information for Two-Year College Educators: