Ready to work with me in building our union?

By Ray McMurrey Texas AFT Secretary-Treasurer The 2015 Texas AFT Summer Convention buzzed with all the positive energy delegates usually experience. However, this year’s agenda also included the election for Texas AFT president and secretary-treasurer, the two officers that lead our state union. The convention ended with the election of Louis Malfaro as president, and […]


Are we turning a corner?

By Louis Malfaro Texas AFT President We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. —Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th […]


El Paso AFT Wins Voter Support for Big Boost in School Funding

By a four-to-one landslide margin, El Paso ISD voters approved a substantial increase in the district’s operating funds on August 22, and the El Paso AFT local had a lot to do with the outcome. El Paso AFT President Ross Moore and the union membership put school employees at the forefront of a community-wide coalition […]


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).



New Funding for Tuition Exemption for Educational Aides Seeking Teaching Degree

The two-year budget bill passed by the legislature in May provides $1.5 million for tuition exemptions for educational aides who take courses toward teacher certification in a critical shortage subject area at Texas public institutions of higher education. Funding for this valuable program of need-based exemptions was zeroed out in the budget-slashing session of 2011, […]


Texas AFT: How We’re Different

Reclaiming the promise… Join Texas AFT as we reclaim the promise of public education. For current members, that means taking a stand to let elected officials know that we are professionals who will work to ensure a quality education for all our students, and a respectful working environment that inspires us to spark the love […]


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 […]

From the Legislative Hotline

(Photo: Nicole Conley, Austin ISD)

Defending the Indefensible, Again—Deficient State Dollars for Schools on Trial in Texas Supreme Court

In the Texas Supreme Court this morning the state’s lawyers tried anew to defend the indefensible, arguing that the high court should reject a lower court’s ruling and refuse to order relief for school districts complaining of inadequate and inequitable state funding for public education. Though a decision in the case is still months away, Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said at one point during oral … [Read More...]

Taking Texas Schools Beyond Overtesting and Underfunding: Texas AFT Leader’s Back-to-School Message Featured in Houston Chronicle

Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro’s back-to-school message published in the Houston Chronicle over the weekend focuses on overtesting, underfunding, and new opportunities to overcome both of these obstacles to success for our students. We reprint this timely article in full here. As public schools reopen their doors this month, there is more than usual cause for hope that we can improve the odds … [Read More...]

Caroline Sweet

Prize-Winning Texas AFT Teacher

Two Austin teachers—Caroline Sweet and Ilza García—were honored this week as winners of the Share My Lesson contest for the best lesson plans based on the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Awards. Share My Lesson is an online resource center developed by the American Federation of Teachers for educators to share free learning materials, including activities, worksheets and lesson … [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...]