2022 Legislative Session

We had our first bill hearing on Feb. 9 in the House Education Policy Committee and it was approved to be sent to the Education Finance Committee  See: House education panel approves Increase Teachers of Color Act

Our next hearing is Feb. 16

What happened to the Increase Teachers of Color Act (ITCA) in 2021?

ITCA had positive hearings in each committee that makes decisions in the House (Democrat majority) and Senate (Republican majority) on education and higher education bills.  In each committee, the bill was "laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill" (i.e. the Chair may include some, all or none of it in their large bill of bills they want to represent all of what they want to see pass this legislative session and go to the Governor).

In the House

  • HF 1041 in House Higher Education Committee on March 16

  • HF 217 in House Education Finance Committee on February 3

  • HF 217 in House Education Policy Committee on January 27

  • The House Education and Higher Education committees included almost all of the provisions and proposed investment amounts in ITCA (HF217 and HF1041) in their omnibus bills

In the Senate

  • SF446 in Senate Education Finance and Policy Committee on February 24

  • SF 797 in Senate Higher Education Committee on February 16

  • The Senate Education and Higher Education committees included very few of the provisions proposed in ITCA (SF446 & SF 797) in their omnibus bills

Conference Committee

  • Negotiations were challenging on various issues but several agreements were made and included in joint omnibus bills sent to the Governor for signature.

While the ITCA didn't pass as a stand alone bill in 2021 (most bills don't), several components of ITCA did pass.