This Texas Standard article touches on what to expect from the 88th (2023) Texas legislative session. My sources tell me that it's going to be a tough one particularly considering election results that, as we know, is an artifact of Texas' gerrymandered electoral map in a state where people of color account for 95 percent of the state's population growth between 2010 and 2020 (Li & Boland, 2021). A good read on this is from researchers Li and Boland (2021) out of the NYU Brennan Center for Justice titled, "Anatomy of the Texas Gerrymander: Here's How Texas Republicans crafted one of the most politically and racially skewed maps of this redistrictricting cycle.
The problem is less of one that people don't vote, but rather that their votes do not count as a result of this electoral engineering. Sadly, resolving this through the courts will take years.
Accordingly, Barragán's forecast with respect to the recent election outcomes sound right.
A major issue for our community in K-12 education is school funding, that is, increasing the "basic allotment" so that school districts can have the resources they need to increase teacher salaries and provide greater resources to schools.
Raise Your Hand Texas, Texans Advocating For Meaningful Student Assessments, and other organizations will also be calling for changes to high-stakes testing and assessment policies, as well as tackling vouchers and charter school bills that compromise traditional public education. There are still the lingering infrastructural issues related, in particular, to fixing Texas' power grid, as well as lowering property taxes and border issues. None of this is exhaustive, of course, but is nevertheless a respectable starting layout.
The regular session always lasts a mere 140 days so let's buckle our seat belts and get on with it!