Advocacy

With more than 800 private schools in Texas, it’s important to have a knowledgeable and committed presence in the Texas legislature. During each session, our team focuses on protecting the independence of private schools by stopping onerous regulations and government interference into our schools. During non-legislative session years, we work to strengthen our relationships with legislators, business leaders, and community activists to ensure that the public understands the great benefits offered by private schools in Texas. 

Legislative Tracker

86th Legislative Session — 2019

Student Safety Bills Filed and Supported by TPSA

BillDescriptionTPSA Position - Outcome
SB 1256 Bettencourt/HB 2738 MeyerEstablishes a “Do Not Hire” list of all school personnel, not just certified teachers, and allows access to this important information for all types of schools, including private schoolsFor - Passed
SB 1230 Bettencourt/HB 2739 MeyerThis broadens misconduct reporting requirements to include private school administrators. Private school administrators will be required to report to the Texas Education Agency any employee who resigns or is fired for inappropriate relations with students. Civil and criminal immunity is provided for administrators for this mandated reporting. Those found guilty will be reported on the “Do Not Hire” list to ensure that they are not hired in any other school.For - Passed
SB 1231 Bettencourt/HB 2740 MeyerThis ensures that reports of investigations of misconduct by employees and volunteers are reported directly from the Department of Family and Protective Services to private school administrators. Currently only public school administrators receive these final reports.For - Passed
HB 4345 SanfordThis bill provides immunity from liability for anyone in good faith disclosing allegations of sexual misconduct.For - Passed

School Choice Bills

BillDescriptionTPSA Position
SB 1905 CampbellThis program allows students with special needs or those in low-income households to receive a grant to attend a private school.For
SB 1905 CampbellEstablishes a tax credit scholarship program for children with special needs or those in low-income households.For

Other Bills

Bill Description​TPSA Position - Outcome
​HB 459/SB 706 Cameras in Day Care Centers​Requires that all licensed day care centers (including private schools with a licensed preschool) have cameras in all classrooms.AGAINST - DEAD
HB 3192 Expulsion PolicyChild care centers should consider adopting a policy for expulsion.NEUTRAL - DEAD
HB 58 Private School Locker SearchesStipulates that private schools may not expel a student for what is found in a search of that student’s locker.AGAINST - DEAD
HB 257 Law Enforcement Notification of Armed PersonnelPrivate schools must notify local law enforcement of armed personnel on campus.AGAINST in current form - DEAD
SB 193 Fees for Licenses for School MarshalsWaives fees for duplicate, modified, or renewed licenses to carry a handgun for school marshals.​​FOR - DEAD
HB 324 Sexual ContactCreates a definition for sexual contact in student/teacher relationships.​​FOR - DEAD
SB 244/HB 1106/HB 1387 School Marshals​Changes the maximum number of school marshals on campus.​FOR - PASSED
SB 243/SB 406/HB 1108 Storage of Handguns for School MarshalsEliminates the requirement that school marshals who are teachers must keep handguns locked away on campusFOR - DEAD
HB 552 Voter Registration FormsPublic and private high schools must have voter registration materials available at all times for students and staff.NEUTRAL - DEAD
SB 36/HB 189/SB 287 Public PreKExpands access to public pre-k and extends the length of the program day.UNDER EVALUATION - SOME ELEMENTS IN HB3
SB 2487 Paid Sick LeaveProhibits regulation of employment benefits and practices by a municipality or county (paid sick leave)FOR - DEAD
HB 1690 ConcussionsDictates private school concussion protocol.AGAINST in current form - DEAD
HB 1825/SB 2135 Notifying Schools of Student ArrestThis bill expands the information local law enforcement is required to provide to public schools and includes information related to threats against the school.  Do private schools need to be included?FOR - PASSED
HB 539/SB 249 Automatic Admission Valedictorians The valedictorian of a class of any size would receive automatic admission to the university system and same eligibility for scholarships NEUTRAL - PASSED
HB 1561 Waiver for State Park FeesAll 5th grade public and private school students get free entry into state parks.FOR - PASSED AS AMENDMENT ON DIFFERENT BILL
HB 2786 Employee Turnover ReportingRequires licensed child care facilities to report the number of employees who left the previous year when renewing the yearly license.NEUTRAL - PASSED AS AMENDMENT ON DIFFERENT BILL
HB 2998 Water QualityRequires the regulation of water quality in all schools, including private schoolsAGAINST in current form - DEAD
HB 2999 Air QualitySets air quality standards and requires monitoring of private school air quality by the state.AGAINST in current form - DEAD
HJR 105 VouchersConstitutional amendment prohibiting vouchersAGAINST - DEAD
SB 811/HB 3946 School MarshalsProvides immunity from liability for school marshals who act responsibly.FOR - DEAD
HB 1959 Guns in Parking LotsRemoves ability of private schools to prohibit guns in their parking lots.AGAINST - DEAD
HB 2243/SB 1665 Asthma MedicationPrivate schools may stock asthma medication in the same way they stock unassigned epinephrine auto-injectorsNEUTRAL - PASSED
HB 1427 Voter RegistrationTEA provides voter registration materials once each semester to all schools, public and private.NEUTRAL - DEAD
HB 2883/HB 4450/SB 1817/SB 1743 Child Care Centers and Children with Special NeedsChild care centers can't discriminate based on disability.UNDER EVALUATION - DEAD
SB 477Standardizes renewal dates for school marshal licensesFOR - DEAD