1/12/2021 - Legislative Update for THSCA Executive Director, Joe Martin

      We have been working alongside our lobbyists in preparation for the upcoming 87th Legislative session which will be held 1/12/21 through 5/31/21. In the past, our THSCA executive staff has been able to physically attend committee meetings at the capitol building to testify in support or opposition of a bill. This year however, due to pandemic related protocols, there will be restricted allowances for testimony inside the capitol building. More than ever before, we will need to rely on our THSCA members and fans of athletics in Texas to act when called to reach out to their legislators. It has been suggested to us that a great first step might be to have our member coaches introduce yourselves via email or phone call to your Legislators personally so we can foster that connection from the beginning. These introductory calls will help to amplifying our voice and build relationships that will be invaluable to our success during the session. We have provided some talking points below that might help you formulate your email/call. Let's remind them that coaches in Texas are a voice for all educators in Texas, and we are invested in supporting this session.

  • Hello. I am a _______ coach (example: high school football coach, middle school tennis coach, etc.) and teacher at ___ High School (or ___Middle School) in _____ISD.

  • Thank you for the work you do on behalf of all of the 5.5 million school children, teachers, coaches, and schools.

  • This legislative session will be important for Texas schools. As a coach and educator, I am focused on sustaining funding from HB 3 and policies that support strong extracurricular activities, like school athletics, which help energize students and keep them engaged in school. Our academic and athletic extracurricular programs are even more important as we work to keep students engaged in school through the pandemic.

  • I know this session will be a difficult one for staying engaged with constituents and I want to be a resource to you as you consider policies impacting Texas athletics and classrooms. My contact information is below. 

  • Thank you again for all you do!  

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