From the Legislative Hotline

Ebola-related Training and Preparedness—Key Components of “Safe Schools Week”

Texas AFT issued a press release today marking the occasion of “Safe Schools Week” with a call for Ebola training and preparedness. Here is the text of today’s release: October 19-25 is Safe Schools Week—an initiative of the Texas Education Agency and the Texas School Safety Center to “to develop robust emergency operations plans for a wide range of possible emergencies, whether natural, … [Read More...]

As 12 Days of Early Voting Begin, Endorsements of Davis, Van de Putte Roll In

As Texans begin 12 days of early voting en route to the grand finale on Election Day, November 4, editorial endorsements of Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte, our Texas AFT-backed candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, keep pouring in. (For more information on early voting and the Texas AFT-backed candidates, see our Election 2014 page.) Here’s a sampling of editorials endorsing … [Read More...]


“A Significant Money Issue, No Two Ways About It”—More State Funding Needed for TRS-Care and TRS-ActiveCare

Take action with an online letter to state officials! Mark down Friday, October 17, as a new milestone in the long debate over how to meet the state’s obligations to pay for health-insurance coverage for active and retired school employees. On this date the Texas Teacher Retirement System unveiled the first draft of an array of options for lawmakers as they figure out how to cover a sizable … [Read More...]