Be ready to shape new teacher evaluation systems

Professional educators are keenly aware that teaching requires continuing education, constant review and an official evaluation system to improve the practice. Texas teachers have witnessed an evolving teacher appraisal system over the last few decades, and they fully understand and embrace the opportunity to enhance their craft through a professional evaluation process. However, questions often […]

AFT Texas Lobby Day at the State Capitol March 16, 2015.

Educators speak! Texas AFT members drive wins in Democratic and Republican races

“I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” – Will Rogers Texas AFT is a non-partisan union made up of 65,000 Texas public school employees. Within our ranks are members of many political stripes who come together around a shared vision of high-quality schools for all Texas children. When […]


Ding Dong. Knock Knock Knock. Let’s Talk!

If you see us at your door this summer, we’re there to hear from you how we can work together to improve our schools and our profession. Staff and member volunteers will be going door to door in many areas of the state, so give them a welcome! (If we miss you, we’ll leave a door hanger with some information and a call-back number.)

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Do you have to pay for lost or stolen textbooks or technology items?

Do you have to pay for lost or stolen textbooks or technology items? In most cases…No! Texas Education Code §31.104, (d) and (e) states: (d) Each student, or the student’s parent or guardian, is responsible for each textbook not returned by the student. A student who fails to return all textbooks forfeits the right to […]



Urge Lawmakers to Support Affordable Health Insurance For Texas School Employees

Send a Letter to State Lawmakers and Leaders Now! We ask the Texas Legislature to make immediate and ongoing increases in state funding for active school employees’ health insurance provided through formula aid to school districts. THE PROBLEM: The state’s funding for health insurance has stagnated at $75 per employee per month since 2002, while the […]

From the Legislative Hotline

Randi Weingarten

Texas AFT Wins National Support for Community School Efforts

The American Federation of Teachers today announced grants to fund community school initiatives in Texas and two other states to address children’s well-being and provide multiple pathways and diverse options to help them and their families succeed. The AFT Innovation Fund grants—$135,000 for each initiative—will kick-start community school efforts in Texas; Daly City, California; and Rome, New … [Read More...]

Official State Study Urges Smaller Pre-K Class Sizes, Lower Student-to-Teacher Ratios

State legislation passed last year at the urging of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott restored some—but not all—the funding for pre-kindergarten programs lost to ill-conceived budget cuts in 2011. One piece of that 2015 legislation called for a study by the Texas Education Agency to develop recommendations regarding optimal class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios. This month TEA published the resulting … [Read More...]


Telling the Truth about the State Budget

With a new legislative session coming up next January, lawmakers already are busy defining the terms of debate about the state’s budget and its capacity to meet needs for basic services such as public education. State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin), a key player in the Texas House on the budget-writing committee, has just published an informative article in the Austin American-Statesman laying out … [Read More...]