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

Texas AFT Presses for Increased State Health-Care Aid for School Employees

Texas AFT legislative spokesman Ted Melina Raab pressed the case for higher state contributions for health insurance for active and retired school employees in testimony Tuesday before the Legislative Budget Board staff and representatives of the Governor’s Budget Office. You can add your voice to this campaign by sending a letter to legislators. Melina Raab recapped for the budget staffers the … [Read More...]

Week of Hearings on Funding Issues, Including School Finance

On Tuesday the legislative and gubernatorial budget experts heard from the Texas Education Agency regarding school finance. The most important takeaway from this hearing was the acknowledgment that rising local property-tax values will translate into a substantial reduction in the state’s funding for public education. Assuming no changes in current formulas, state aid would decline over the next … [Read More...]

Homework Assignment No. 1: Your Safe Schools Survey Responses Needed

Are educators at your campus using the Safe Schools Act, and are administrators adhering to the law? Is your campus discipline climate getting better or worse?Are administrators supporting teachers’ efforts to maintain discipline? Is your campus using restorative practices or positive behavior supports to improve student conduct? Texas AFT’s online survey on student discipline will let you … [Read More...]