What a difference a committee meeting makes! This week, the House and Senate Higher Education committees met and engaged in serious discussions that will have an impact on higher education in the state. The Senate committee, after a lively conversation, passed SB 18 which eliminates provisions that require public institutions of higher education to set aside portions of designated tuition for student financial assistance. In the House, committee members heard sole testimony from Dr. Raymund Paredes, commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating. The commissioner emphasized the importance of earning a postsecondary degree for all Texans. You can watch the Senate Committee and the House Committee online.
Commissioner Raymund Paredes testifies before members of the House Higher Education Committee.
Additionally, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article 3 met on Monday to consider community college funding. Jacob Fraire, president and CEO of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, spoke on behalf of the state’s two-year institutions. Dr. Johnette McKown, president of McLennan Community College and TACC’s chair, also testified and discussed the importance of Small Business Development Centers funding; she specifically mentioned the Dallas County Community College District in her comments.
The subcommittee’s vice chair is state Rep. Helen Giddings, who is a member of the Dallas delegation. You can view the meeting here.
TACC’s president and CEO, Jacob Fraire, testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article 3.
Both the Senate and House of Representatives are adjourned until 2 p.m. on Monday, February 27.
Listed below are bills of importance to DCCCD. We will track these and other bills that may have an impact on our district during the legislative session. You can view those House and Senate bills by visiting our site.
As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions.
Donald Trump officially has finished his first month in office as 45th president of the United States. Much has occurred since January 20th. We want to share a cool tracking tool that Bloomberg News has created called “Tracking Trump.” The tool is a “daily guide to the 45th president’s administration.” The tool tracks activities week by week and provides the day in office as you scroll to the beginning.