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New Push for Special-Ed Vouchers Meets Strong Resistance–Your Help Needed

This morning Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) suddenly inserted a special-education voucher plan into HB 21, the important bill by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston) that would significantly increase school funding. Taylor’s surprise substitute for HB 21 needs to be stripped of this voucher “poison pill” transferring public funds to private schools without accountability. Opposition to this […]

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Support Community Schools–Email Your State Lawmakers Now

SB 193 and HB 3861 would give a struggling campus more time to meet state requirements if a community-school initiative is developed and implemented. Last session similar bills drew strong bipartisan support, passing in the House and passing unanimously in Senate committee. Tell your legislators to please support enhanced teaching and learning by supporting SB […]

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Convention 2017

Make plans now to attend the Texas AFT Convention Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the El Paso Convention Center. In addition to official business and election of officers, the convention will include a professional issues day with numerous workshops available for professional development. All are welcome at Professional Issues Day!

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Stop Assault on Texas Unions

Your Voice: Use It or Lose It!

Senate Bill 13 and House Bill 510 eliminate payroll deduction for most public employees, including teachers and other school personnel, nurses, correctional officers, child protection workers, and other public-sector workers at the state and local level. Learn the facts here, then stand up for you rights!

From the Legislative Hotline

State House and Senate Differ on Changes Needed in A-F Rating System for Schools

After 2 a.m. Thursday morning the Texas Senate produced a bill tweaking but not fundamentally fixing the A-F  rating system for public schools slated for its first real use in the coming school year. The A-F grades for schools have been highly controversial in the minority of states where they have been adopted, and the Texas version had a rocky test run earlier this year when the Texas Education … [Read More...]

House Emphatically Rejects Senate Voucher “Poison Pill”

The Senate's attempt to force acceptance of a private-school voucher scheme by inserting it in a House school-finance bill suffered a major setback today. The House voted 134 to 15 against concurrence in the Senate changes to HB 21, the good school-finance bill by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston). Not only that, the House for good measure supported a motion to instruct House negotiators to reject the … [Read More...]

Nurse-Staffing Notice for Parents Passed by Texas House

The Texas House has finally passed a long-sought bill to notify parents when their child's school lacks full-time nurse staffing. The vote on final passage of SB 196 by Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) was 80 to 63. Under a House floor amendment accepted by House author Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), the bill applies to school districts with 10,000 or more students. SB 196 still has to go back to … [Read More...]

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Austin member a finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year An Education Austin member, Allison Ashley, has been named finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year. Ashley, a bilingual teacher at Becker … [Read More...]

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Taking the LEAD

Texas AFT members wrapped up a successful training with AFT’s Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) Program in September in Austin. The training is designed for union activists, leaders and … [Read More...]