On Tuesday, hundreds of community college students descended on Austin, wearing colorful shirts, cool ties, college pins and some even in full suits to mark Community College Day at the capitol. During each legislative session, the Texas Association of Community Colleges spearheads Community College Day activities and, during every session, students from the Dallas County Community College District turn out in large numbers to meet state legislators and talk about their experiences – as well as the value of a community college education.
This year, students were joined by Chancellor Joe May and two members of the DCCCD Board of Trustees: Charletta Rogers Compton, board chair, and Monica Lira Bravo.
DCCCD students were professional, energetic and persuasive. We want to thank all DCCCD college leaders and advisors who organized the students and led them throughout the day at the capitol.
(Pictured Left to right) DCCCD Trustees Monica Lira Bravo and Charletta Rogers Compton with Chancellor Joe May in Austin.
DCCCD students arrived and were greeted by Trustee Monica Lira Bravo and Chancellor Joe May.
DCCCD students, Trustee Charletta Rogers, Monica Lira Bravo and Chancellor Joe May worked together to make Community College Day in Austin a success.
This week, the House announced its
committee assignments. Members of the House Higher Education Committee included L.M. Lozano, chair;
John Raney, vice chair; and representatives
Angie Chen Button,
Donna Howard and
Additionally, the Senate Committee on
Higher Education met this week for the first time, and members voted in favor of the rules and introduced members and staff during that
On Monday, Chancellor May participated in a work group led by Sen. Royce West to discuss transferability. During a recent Senate Finance meeting, Sen. Jane Nelson asked Sen. West to lead a group of education leaders to address transfer issues. Chancellor May is representing DCCCD and the 49 other community colleges/system members of TACC.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Raymund Paredes, commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and representatives from other colleges and universities.
The Senate considered Senate Bill 4 on Tuesday; it was amended last week to include college campuses. SB 4 would punish college campuses, and local and state government entities that do not cooperate with federal immigration officials or do not enforce immigration laws. That evening, the bill was tentatively approved and ultimately passed on Wednesday. As we shared in an earlier update, the process can take time. SB 4 will be referred to the Texas House. Here are a few related articles in the
Texas Tribune and the
Dallas Morning News.
Listed below are bills of importance to DCCCD. We will track these and other bills that may have an impact on DCCCD during the legislative session. You can view those House and Senate bills by visiting our
As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions.
On Tuesday, the full Senate voted in favor of President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee, Betsy DeVos; in a historic vote, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to approve her nomination, 51-50. It was the first time a vice president has been called on to break a tie vote for a cabinet nomination. Vice President Pence
released a statement about casting his vote for Sec. DeVos. Other related articles provide more details in the New York Times,
Roll Call and
This week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on President Trump’s executive order "Protection of the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The federal government is seeking to lift the restraining order, essentially barring the order from taking effect. On Thursday, the three-judge panel unanimously turned down the Justice Department’s request to lift the restraining order.
Chancellor May released a statement to employees regarding the order. Here is an excerpt:
“For more than 50 years, we have welcomed students, faculty and staff from around the world. That culture of diversity and inclusiveness has become an essential component of the DCCCD community, and it is reflected in our policies, which prohibit discrimination in any form. When I arrived at DCCCD in 2014, I began immediately to talk with our leadership, faculty and staff about the importance of integrating global learning into our curriculum, noting that today we live and work in an international economy.
“I want to assure you that I value the diversity of our faculty, staff and students and that DCCCD is committed to fully engaging the wealth of thought, purpose, circumstance, background, skill and experiences shared in this community.”
Both the House and the Senate now have released their committee assignments. Committees will begin to hear bills with increasing frequency. Currently, approximately 3,000 bills have been filed between both chambers. The deadline to file a bill during the 85th legislative session is March 10. You can find other dates of interest at
Texas Legislature Online.