Advocacy Action Alert | HB 159 – Improved Teacher Training!

HB 159 – Improved Teacher Training!

Posted: 4/8/21


Students in special education vary greatly in their disabilities and learning and support needs, including students with autism. HB-59 would improve training and staff development for primary and secondary educators to enable them to more effectively serve all students. The bill would specify what each educator is expected to know and be able to do, particularly with regard to students with disabilities. The training and development would include things such as evidence based inclusion practices, accommodations, flexibility in the ways material is presented, reduce barriers to instruction, and maintain high achievement expectations.


HB 159 by Rep.Mary Gonzalez  (Companion: SB 180 by Senator Eddie Lucio) 

Full bill text can be found here: 

Specific Action Needed:

Ask: “Please schedule a floor vote for HB 159 to benefit students served by special education through improved teacher training!”

Who to Call/Email:

Contact Speaker of the House, Dade Phelan: (512) 463-0706

Contact the House Calendars Committee:

Now take action on the Companion Bill, SB 180:

Let us know if you were successful or if AST Advocacy staff need to do any follow-ups at 512-479-4199 Ext. 10 or