Vetoed: Bill to Reform Curriculum Guidelines

June 21 was the deadline for Gov. Greg Abbott to sign bills, veto them, or let them take effect without his signature. Abbott vetoed a total of 42 bills and a number of line items in the state budget by the deadline. One veto of an education bill was especially noteworthy. That bill was SB […]


Education reform: the TV version versus the real thing

Private interests are spending a tidy sum this month on TV ads to sell the Legislature on their preferred education agenda. It is billed as bold reform. It actually would take our public schools backward. Fortunately, even as the ads keep running, better ideas are gaining ground at the Capitol.


The Houston 7: Ivan Castillo

This is the second in an ongoing series of profiles on the seven teachers in Houston ISD who are suing the district over the use of its Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS).



Restored: Scholarships for Educational Aides Seeking Teaching Degree

We are pleased to report that the budget bill signed by Gov. Abbott on June 20 will restore funding at long last for the program of tuition scholarships for educational aides who enroll in college courses to become teachers. This highly successful and effective program, whose budget was cut to zero in 2011, will receive […]

Members from the San Antonio Alliance for Teachers and Support Personnel

Texas AFT Convention—Fighting Back and Fighting Forward:

At the three-day Texas AFT convention in San Antonio that concluded Sunday, June 14, delegates elected as the state federation’s new secretary-treasurer Ray McMurrey, the president of Corpus Christi AFT. McMurrey won a two-year term to serve as Texas AFT’s second-in-command alongside President Louis Malfaro. Common themes connected President Malfaro’s “State of the Union” address […]

From the Legislative Hotline

Texas Ranks 41st for Kids in Annual Report

The 2015 national Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation will not feature in the next edition of anybody’s Texas brag book. Nearly one out of every 10 children in the nation lives in Texas, but our state ranked as one of the ten worst for children—41st among the states in terms of overall child well-being. Key data behind the overall rating include these: --One child in every … [Read More...]

Social Security Fairness Act Demands Attention

The Social Security Fairness Act is back and gaining cosponsors in Congress. It’s an idea that won’t go away because the injustice it targets has not gone away. For too long, school-district personnel and employees of other local governments in Texas (and a dozen or so other states) have been hammered by two unjust Social Security statutes that take away benefits duly earned by these employees or … [Read More...]

Former NCLB promo at U.S. Department of Education. (Takomabibelo photo)

AFT and Allies Call on Congress to Move Quickly on Reconciling House and Senate NCLB Rewrites

The American Federation of Teachers and allied education organizations are pressing the leaders of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate to move quickly to reconcile competing rewrites of the No Child Left Behind Act passed in each chamber. The intensive phase of the expected negotiations is expected to start after the August congressional recess. But AFT and allied groups don’t want momentum achieved … [Read More...]



Breaking news on fixing ESEA

By Randi Weingarten on April 22, 2015 This afternoon, Sens. Alexander and Murray—the chair and the ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions … [Read More...]


Randi’s Corner

Read more from AFT's president at Randi's Corner.   "Across the country, AFT members are working with their communities to champion fairness, democracy, economic opportunity, and … [Read More...]