Government Relations

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The ջ 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 ջ staff to provide testimony when requested. Additionally, Governmental Relations tracks and analyses all education related legislation from bill introduction through implementation.

Program and Budget Rider One Pagers

Legislative Required Reports

The ջ is required to providereportson a variety of topics to the Texas Legislature. Reports to the 88th Legislature can be found at theLegislative Reportspage. Previous reports to prior Legislative Sessions may be obtained through our Legislative Report Archive.

Legislative Hearings and Presentations

Legislative Session Briefing Book

After each Legislative Session, the ջ produces abriefing bookthat 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.

School Finance Reports and Data

Advisory Committees

The 87th Texas Legislature passed 3 bills that required the formation of the following three Commissions and Committee:

House Bill 3 86(R)

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.

Contact Information

Please contact (govrel@tea.texas.gov) with any legislative inquiries.

Agency:(512) 463-9734
Governmental Relations: (512) 463-9682
1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

Staff

Hunter Thompson, Director
Hunter.Thompson@tea.texas.gov

Sarah Harrington, Deputy Director
Sarah.Harrington@tea.texas.gov

Nicole Wren, Specialist
Nicole.Wren@tea.texas.gov