Thursday, August 18, 2005

Instructions for Ordering Instructional Materials From Proclamation 2002

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

EMAT opened last night!!! Nearly all of Proclamation 2002 books are coming!!! The original $378 million was pared down to $295 million during negotiations with TEA and the Legislature. Governor Perry, Lt. Governor Dewhurst and Speaker Tom Craddick have all committed to funding Proclamation 2002 through a process known as "budget execution" sometime next month. Publishers have all been personally contacted by the leadership and have agreed to ship books.

Below are PDF files of the letters from Lt. Governor Dewhurst and Speaker Craddick.

Feel free to thank the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker Craddick for stepping up to the plate! Visit for more information.

Statement from Speaker Craddick
Statement from Lt. Governor Dewhurst
Statement from Governor Perry

Friday, August 5, 2005

Just as schools are beginning to start across Texas, some of the top leadership offices of the State on Thursday offered to sign a letter stating their intent to fund Proclamation 2002 textbooks through Budget Execution Authority so that the textbooks could be shipped to schools. There is a possibility that Lt. Gov. Dewhurst or Gov. Perry may draw up the letter, stating their intend to fund textbooks, although Speaker Craddick has indicated that he will sign it once the Legislature has ended the session for good.

On Thursday, Speaker Craddick stated that the Legislature should adjourn immediately, so they can pay for textbooks, and then wait until the Texas Supreme Court ruling in West Orange-Cove school finance case to solve the rest of school finance. If they did so, and the leadership states their intent to fund the textbooks, publishers have stated that they can move to ship the books immediately based on the promise that they will get paid sometime in the near future.

The thirty-day Second Called Special Session ends August 19 unless the Legislature ends it early. Although the House had given up as of last Tuesday, July 26, with meltdowns on both education and tax bills, the Senate had pressed forward, holding a lengthy hearing on Monday, August 1, hearing from many teacher groups and others about the need to fund textbooks and many other issues. On Thursday, August 4, the Senate Education Committee voted out the education bill, SB 8, on a 5-2-1 margin, after numerous amendments and significant changes to the bill. The bill contains some language to fund Proclamation 2002 textbooks.

SB 8 likely will go to the floor on Monday, August 8. If passed, it will then go to the House for consideration.

Assuming that the leadership goes forward with its resolve to pay for the textbooks, that the Texas Education Agency quickly processes the orders, and that the publishers ship the books, the legislature can count finally getting the instructional materials to students in this school year as a success. At this point, with the possibility of a delay of one more week for legislative action to occur on this issue, it will be better a little late than never.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Texas Legislature is now in a second special session. Late Wednesday, Representative Joe Nixon has filed a bill - House Bill 51 - that is intended to get new textbooks to classrooms on time.

This bill:
(1) Clarifies that "textbook funding" in House Bill 1 from the first special session meant the new Proclamation 2002 textbooks that are waiting in warehouses.
(2) Wouldn't make this issue wait for other legislation that may take much longer to resolve.

Textbook advocates are asking parents and educators to contact their representatives and senators to urge the passage of House Bill 51.

It's time to get textbooks into the classrooms. We need to stop holding textbooks hostage over other legislation, and let our schools get on with the business of teaching kids.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The following press release from Textbook Coordinators Association of Texas explains the current status of textbook funding.

Click here to see the release.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

On Tuesday night, July 19, the Senate added an amendment to the appropriations bill (House Bill 1) to fund textbooks, but made the funding contingent upon passage of House Bill 2, the education reform bill, and House Bill 3, the tax swap bill. At the time the amendment was added, legislative leaders had already given up on reaching an agreement on House Bill 3 this session. Since the textbook funding amendment is contingent on the passage and enactment of BOTH HB 2 and HB 3, it doesn't look like there will be funding for textbooks at this moment.

Theoretically, things could change between now and the close of this session at midnight on Thursday, July 21.

If yet another special session starts July 21, it could drag on until well after school starts, making the books late, if at all.

Friday, July 15, 2005

With only five days remaining in the special legislative session, the House of Representatives continues to block all funding for new textbooks. The Senate has approved $295 million for the updated textbooks but the House, on July 6, killed an amendment to buy textbooks by a one vote margin, 72 to 71. With House Education Committee Chairman Kent Grusendorf still intent on using money from the state textbook fund for other purposes, it is possible the special session could end with no funding for textbooks just as happened in the regular session. Advocates for textbook funding are hoping the final version of the education bill includes the Senate language. The finance bill must also pass in order for the funding to come through.

Here are the key facts:

  • The Texas Constitution requires the state to provide textbooks for every public school student.
  • The State Board of Education approved updated books to replace 8 to 14 year old books in four subject areas in November and in January increased the amount of money available from the Permanent School Fund to ensure full funding for textbooks.
  • If the legislature fails to appropriate the money that is available for textbooks, there will be no books to cover enrollment growth in some required courses so students will be forced to share outdated and worn out books.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

BREAKING NEWS - Click here for the latest poll in textbook funding!

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Senate Finance Chairman Steve Ogden on July 6 filed Senate Bill 6, an appropriations bill that would pay for health and foreign language textbooks but would make the funding for fine arts textbooks contingent upon passage of House Bill 2, the school finance bill.

Friday, July 1, 2005

The Legislature, in its special session, continues to dodge the issue of funding textbooks due in the classrooms this fall. The three major special session bills relating to education currently omit any reference to full funding for these instructional materials now sitting in the warehouses awaiting payment before they can be delivered.

The three bills:

HB 1, the appropriations bill being considered because of Governor Perry's veto of the Education Article of the regular session's appropriations bill last month, is out of House committee and will go to the floor of the House for debate the week of July 4th. The House Committee failed to fund the textbooks when they voted on the bill in committee, and attempts will now be made to amend HB 1 on the floor of the House to include that funding.

HB2, the Education Policy bill, has passed both the House and Senate, and has no funding assurances for textbooks in it.

HB 3, the tax bill being considered by the legislature, also fails to deal with the critical issue of textbook funding.

The focus of most of the advocates for full funding of these instructional materials is now on amending HB 1, the appropriations bill, to include funding for textbooks covered in Proclamation 2002, which are the books that are supposed to be in the classrooms this fall.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Governor Rick Perry, on the opening day of Special Session June 21, called for the Texas Legislature to fund textbooks in Proclamation 2002 that currently are sitting in warehouses because the Legislature did not fund them during the regular session. These books, already selected by school districts, are due to schools this summer for use in classrooms this fall. "Rather than allowing textbooks to sit on loading docks, I propose funding those books and shipping them to schools all across Texas in time for the fall," Perry said. The Governor has made textbook funding part of his school finance plan, which can be found at

Meanwhile, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts has filed an appropriations bill, House Bill 1, that appears to only pay for, at most, perhaps one subject at one grade level, such as high school health. As filed, it does not appear to contain enough funding to pay for other textbooks, including fine arts, middle school and elementary health, or foreign language. (See "State Textbook Fund" in H.B. 1)

Senate Education Committee Chairman Florence Shapiro on Wednesday said she wanted to roll the appropriations for public education into her school finance bill, Senate Bill 2. There was discussion that funding for Proclamation 2002 would be included in the bill.

It appears that the House wants to tie funding for Proclamation 2002 to the outcome of Chairman Kent Grusendorf's language allowing student textbook funding to be diverted to his laptop initiative and other uses.

Meanwhile, calls for full funding of textbooks continue, from the State Board of Education to the Textbook Coordinators of Texas to the Texas Music Educators Association.


Both House Public Education Committee Chairman Kent Grusendorf and Senate Education Committee Chairman Florence Shapiro filed bills relating to school finance (HB 2 and SB 2, see for copies of the bills). Each bill contains language on textbooks and technology. Each bill is over 400 pages in length.

The basic difference is that the House wants to divert student textbook funding for Chairman Grusendorf's laptop initiatives and other purposes, while the Senate would keep funding for student textbooks, similar to historical averages, while also increasing funding for technology. In other words, the House proposal would raid the Children's Textbook Fund to pay for other items, while the Senate proposal would not.

The House Public Education committee has scheduled meetings for June 22 at 2 p.m. and June 23 at 11 a.m. See

The Senate Education Committee has scheduled meetings for June 22, June 23 and June 24, at 9:30 a.m. See

Both the Senate and House leadership have stated they expect to hear floor debate on both of the bills in their respective chambers on Tuesday, June 28. Conference committee likely would then begin after July 4.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Gov. Perry and legislative leaders must act quickly to provide $325 million to fully fund textbooks that schools need for the coming school year.

Click to download a fact sheet on textbook funding

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

The Texas Legislature has adjourned without funding new instructional materials for Fine Arts, Health Education, and Foreign Languages. These materials were already selected by school districts and were scheduled to go into classrooms this fall. Supporters of funding for these materials (also known as Proclamation 2002 materials) are trying to determine if there are alternate methods of funding to address this oversight, or if the Legislature can reconsider their decision if there is a special session. Otherwise, funding - and the new textbooks - will have to wait for two years until next Legislative Session, beginning in January 2007.

Watch this space for future updates as they occur.

Thursday, May 26, 2005




Dan Gattis - (R-Georgetown) Phone: 512-463-0309 - Fax: 512-499-8354
Sylvester Turner - (D-Houston) Phone: 512-463-0554 - Fax: 512-463-8380
Velma Luna - (D-Corpus Christi) Phone: 512-463-0484 - Fax: 512-463-8090
Dan Branch ­ (R-Dallas) Phone: 512-463-0367 Fax: 512-322-9935
Rob Eissler ­ (R-The Woodlands) Phone: 512-463- 0797 Fax  512-463-0898
Bill Keffer ­ (R-Dallas) Phone: 512-463-0244   Fax: 512-463-5896
Dianne Delisi ­ (R-Temple) Phone: 512-463-0630  Fax: 512-463-0937

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Senate Finance Chairman Florence Shapiro has filed an amendment to House Bill 10, the supplemental appropriations bill.  HB 10 will be on the Senate floor on Wednesday, May 25.

Currently HB 10, along with Senate Bill 1, together provide funding for only three of the seven subjects that schools are expecting to receive this summer for use next fall.  The Shapiro amendment would ensure funding for the other four subjects and would ensure the state keeps its commitments.

You can watch the Senate in action at the following Website on Wednesday:

Once the Senate passes HB 10, the bill will go to the House to see if they agree with the Senate's amendment or if they want to go to conference committee, where amendments could be stripped off.  The danger is that, if the bill goes to a conference committee, the textbook amendment could be gutted. There is potential for this to occur, as the House members voted on April 6 to reject paying for all the textbooks that are due to schools this fall.

All conference committee decisions must be reached by the end of this week.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Senator Shapiro will offer an amendment to HB 10 on Tuesday, which will restore textbook funding ... we need to ask the Senators to:


Friday, May 20, 2005

Textbook funding for Proclamation 2002 is in serious, serious jeopardy. Last night, the Senate Finance Committee in HB 10 cut textbook funding by $182 million, and the budget conference committee on SB 1 cut textbook funding in half.

This means only the textbooks in the three subjects deferred last session (Career and Technology, English as a Second Language, and Technology Applications) and continuing contracts can be funded.

NEW TEXTBOOKS IN THE OTHER FOUR SUBJECTS HAVE NO FUNDING, EVEN THOUGH SCHOOLS HAVE SELECTED THEM, THE BOOKS ARE PRINTED, AND THEY ARE DUE TO SCHOOLS THIS SUMMER. This includes new textbooks for Health, Art, Music, and Foreign Languages that meet the state¹s new required curriculum.  Many of these books are older than the kids using them.


House Bill 10 may be on the Senate floor as early as Saturday, May 21. Please call your Senator today and ask for funding for ALL textbooks in this bill when it comes to the Senate floor.

Click here for a list of Senators and their contact information.

Friday, May 20, 2005

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted to cut textbook funding by $182 million. House Bill 10, as passed by the House, included $182 million for the purchase of textbooks under continuing contracts, to be appropriated from the state¹s "Rainy Day" fund.  The Senate committee cut this amount, without explanation, when it voted out a committee substitute late Thursday night.

The continuing contract purchases ensure there are sufficient textbooks to meet enrollment growth, so that students do not have to share books in class and have books to take home for homework. The continuing contracts also provide for elementary students¹ math textbooks and other workbooks, which are purchased annually by the state.

In addition, although Senate Education Chairman Florence Shapiro earlier Thursday publicly stated that the Legislature will fund textbooks in all seven subjects that are due to schools this summer, it appears that so far there is no funding in the budget for four of the seven subjects, which the State Board of Education recently adopted and which local schools have this spring selected for use by students next fall. Neither House Bill 10 nor Senate Bill 1 - the state's two budget bills - have included between them sufficient funds to provide these textbooks to students. On Thursday, the Senate Bill 1 conference committee announced it would only include enough funding for textbooks in three subjects.

The Texas Constitution dedicates Available School Fund monies to two purposes: textbook purchases and per-capita distributions to school districts. The SBOE has the constitutional authority to provide funding for the Available School Fund and to set aside a sufficient amount for textbook purchases. Although the SBOE met in January to increase the amount of funds to pay for the textbooks, the Legislature has appropriated funding to cover textbooks in only three of the seven subjects that are due to schools in a few weeks.

Last session, the Legislature, due to a budget shortfall, delayed textbooks in three subjects by one year. This year, with no budget shortfall, the Legislature could be delaying textbooks in four subjects by two years or cutting resources for these required programs - in fine arts, health, and foreign languages - entirely.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Senate Finance Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2005
State Capitol Extension, Room E-1.036
Austin, Texas

The Senate Finance committee will be negotiating the final version of House Bill 10, supporters of funding for Proclamation 2002 are asking that the funding be included in House Bill 10.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Conference Committee on House Bill 2

The House has appointed conference committee members to hear House Bill 2.  They are State Representative Kent Grusendorf, chair of the conference committee, State Representatives Rob Eissler (the Woodlands); Dianne Delisi (Temple); Bill Keffer (Dallas); and Dan Branch (Georgetown).

The senate conferees are:
Senator Florence Shapiro, chair (Plano); Senators Armbrister (Victoria); Duncan (Lubbock); Janek (Houston); and West (Dallas).

Monday, May 9, 2005

House Bill 2 (school finance bill, creating an instructional materials allotment beginning in 2007) is on the Senate floor on Monday, May 9. The Senate goes in at 1:30 p.m. Monday and can be viewed at  The bill likely then will be up for third reading and final passage on Tuesday, May 10.
  • There is a floor amendment by Sen. Shapiro that would grandfather contracts for Proclamations 2001 and 2002.
  • There is a floor amendment by Sen. Shapleigh to take dedicated instructional materials funding and use it for technology systems and components.
  • There is a floor amendment by Sen. Shapleigh to protect technology funding from being used for anything but technology systems and components.
  • There is a floor amendment by Sen. West to allow a third-party contractor, instead of a publisher, to perform updates to the publisher's instructional materials.

House Bill 4 (technology bill, replacing funding for Proclamation 2001 and 2002 with funding for technology systems and components) may be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, May 11. It has not yet been posted for action, but there is discussion that this bill would be heard at that time.

Senate Bill 1 (appropriations bill) is in conference committee. HB 10 (supplemental appropriations bill) has not been set yet for a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee, but could be heard this week or next.

Sunday, April 24, 2005




  • Senator Ogden, Chair, Phone: 512.463.0105, Fax: 512.463.5713,
  • Senator Zaffirini, Vice Chair, Phone: 512.463.0121, Fax: 512.475.3738,
  • Senator Averitt, Phone: 512.463.0122, Fax: 512.475.3729,
  • Senator Barrientos, Phone:  512.463.0114, Fax: 512.463.5949,
  • Senator Brimer, Phone: 512.463.0110, Fax: 512.475.3745,
  • Senator Deuell, Phone: 512.463.0102, Fax: 512.463.7202,
  • Senator Duncan, Phone: 512.463.0128, Fax: 512.463.2424,
  • Senator Janek, Phone: 512.463.0117, Fax: 512.463.0639,
  • Senator Nelson, Phone: 512.463.0112, Fax: 512.463.0923,
  • Senator Shapiro, Phone: 512.463.0108, Fax: 512.463.7579,
  • Senator Shapleigh, Phone: 512.463.0129, Fax: 512.463.0218,
  • Senator Staples, Phone: 512.463.0103, Fax: 512.463.1526,
  • Senator West, Phone: 512.463.0123, Fax: 512.463.0299,
  • Senator Whitmire, Phone: 512.463.0115, Fax: 512.475.3737,
  • Senator Williams, Phone: 512.463.0104, Fax: 512.463.6373,


Monday, April 18, 2005

The House completed action on its version of the appropriations bill (SB 1) and its companion, the "supplemental appropriations bill" (HB 10), last week without providing funding for more than half of the instructional materials scheduled to go into the classrooms in the fall of 2005. The Senate will consider its version of HB 10 this week, and may include the materials funding in that bill. Otherwise the textbook funding issue will be determined in the House-Senate conference committee that began its work this week on a compromise between the two versions of SB 1. The conferees forthe Senate are Senators Ogden (chair), Duncan, Zaffirini, Averitt, and Whitmire. The House conferees are Representative Pitts (chair), Luna, Turner, Gattis and Kolkhorst.

HB 4, the "school technology bill" sponsored by Rep. Grusendorf, was passed out of the House committee and is expected to be considered by the full House this week. While proponents of the bill stress its advancements in bringing technology to the classrooms, less enthusiastic observers voice concern that the bill makes funding, historically reserved for instructional classroom materials, available for districts to spend at their discretion on several purposes, including the purchase of computer hardware. Also, it takes the funding that otherwise would be available for the unfunded instructional materials and mandates that the money be spent on technology instead of on the materials schools are expecting next year.

April 7, 2005



Existing $30 per student technology allotment is increased by $40 per student.
  • Existing $30 per student technology allotment is already budgeted by school districts
  • All new dollars ($40 per student or $168 million) must be spent on technology grants for certain schools selected by the state
  • No money for art, music, health, and languages books that all schools are expecting to get in August 2005

 2006-07 SCHOOL YEAR

Allotment is increased to $150 per student.
  • Existing $30 per student technology allotment is already budgeted by school districts
  • Half the new dollars ($60 per student or $252 million) must be spent on technology grants for certain schools selected by the state
  • Half the new dollars ($60 per student or $252 million) must be spent on technology, any instructional materials (not just approved instructional materials), and teacher training

Assumes approximately 4.2 million students enrolled in public schools.

March 29, 2005

The House Appropriations Committee voted the Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1 (appropriations bill) and Committee Substitute for HB 10 (supplemental appropriations bill) out of committee on March 29. HB 10 contains only enough money for instructional materials in three out of the seven subjects that are supposed to go into schools this fall. The money for the other four subjects is contained in a "wish list" item in SB 1, but there is no funding for those materials at this time. Both bills will be on the House floor on April 6.

March 22, 2005

On Monday, March 21, the Senate Finance Committee approved the Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1, which is the state's budget for the next two years.  The bill contains enough funding to pay for instructional materials in three out of the seven subjects slated to go to classrooms this fall.  In addition, the bill:

  • Says that the State Board of Education should "forgo the issuance of all Proclamations of textbook purchases until such time as the Legislature has implemented reforms to the system by which the state and school districts procure and purchase textbooks."
  • Directs the Commissioner of Education to provide juvenile justice alternative education programs with any instructional materials necessary to support classroom instruction in those programs, with the cost covered by the State Textbook Funds.

The bill is set on the Senate's calendar for Tuesday, March 22. To read the Senate Finance Committee report, go to

The House Appropriations Committee, meanwhile, is working to finalize a budget that contains the same amount for instructional materials. Once it receives the Senate bill, the committee is expected to substitute its own version of the budget bill March 27 and then take that bill to the House floor on April 7.  The funding for the remaining four of the seven subjects scheduled for adoption is still uncertain at this time.

March 17, 2005

The House Appropriations Committee adopted budget recommendations for the Texas Education Agency, but listed the exceptional item for textbooks under "items for future consideration." While the full impact of this decision is unclear, the implication appears to be that funding for instructional materials currently approved by the SBOE to go in the classrooms in the Fall of 2005 may be in jeopardy. In addition, the committee decided to not fund materials for physical education. ($17m)

March 7, 2005

The House Appropriations cCmmittee is expected to take up the Texas Education Agency¹s (TEA) budget in committee after the full House of Representatives has voted on the school finance bill (House Bill 2). House Bill 2 goes to the floor of the House on March 8.

March 2, 2005

The full House Appropriations Committee will take up the Texas Education Agency¹s budget after the school finance bill is heard next week.

February 15, 2005

House Appropriations Committee will begin "mark up" consideration of the appropriations bill on Feb. 22 at 8 a.m.

Full funding for Proclamation 2002 is not included in the current budget. The members of the Legislature will need to vote on supplemental funding for anything that is not in the current budget and that the members feel is a priority.

February 4, 2005

House Bill 2: The school finance bill that was filed February 3 by House Public Education Committee Chairman Kent Grusendorf, does the following:

  • Creates an annual "Instructional Materials and Technology Allotment" of $150 per student in average daily attendance that "may be used only to purchase approved instructional materials, including online instructional materials," beginning with the 2006-07 school year.

  • Raises the technology allotment from $30 per student to $70 per student for 2005-06 and then repeals the technology allotment August 1, 2006 when the new combined allotment takes effect.

February 3, 2005

WHAT: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education will accept public testimony at a public hearing
WHEN: MONDAY - 2/7/05 ­ 7:00 a.m.
WHERE: Room 120, Reagan Building, Austin, Texas

January 27, 2005

UPDATE: The first meeting of the Approporiations Committee will take place on Jan. 31 at 8:00 a.m. in E1.030.

Chair: Representative Jim Pitts

January 15, 2005

House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1, the 2005 Texas Legislature's initial budget proposals, were filed on Friday, January 15. At this time, the funding in the budget bill is enough to pay for materials for about three of the seven subjects that are scheduled to go into classrooms in the fall of 2005.
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