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Texas AFT convention highlights: Randi Weingarten speaks to the value of community schools in a “toxic” state and national environment

Texas AFT held its biennial convention–with the theme of “Public School Proud”–last weekend in El Paso. The convention included the usual business of electing statewide officers and deciding on resolutions to guide the union in the coming years. (Louis Malfaro was re-elected as president by acclamation, and Ray McMurrey was re-elected as secretary treasurer by acclamation.) The […]

Vetoes and Signings by Gov. Abbott

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 15 vetoed a good bill providing for notice to parents when their child’s school lacks full-time staffing by a school nurse or nurses. SB 196 by Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) was a simple measure designed to protect children’s health by enabling parents to anticipate and make arrangements to address gaps […]

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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 […]

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Stop Assault on Texas Unions

Your Voice: Use It or Lose It!

Update! Senate Bill 13 and House Bill 510 would have eliminated payroll deduction to pay union dues 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. Both bills died, but the threat still remains. Learn the facts here.

From the Legislative Hotline

Stop the U.S. Senate’s Stealth Attack on Health Care

While the details of the U.S. Senate bill are being hidden as if they were state secrets, one thing is clear: Working families will lose if the bill passes. Like the House AHCA, the Senate plan strips health care from 23 million Americans. The secret Senate plan strips access to care and opens the cost floodgates for health-care consumers--whether it’s a special-needs student who suffers because … [Read More...]

Survey Question: How Would Proposed Federal Funding Cuts Affect Your School?

AFT President Randi Weingarten has a question for you:  How would your school and your community fare under the budget cuts in education proposed by President Trump? Some context:  The 2018 budget proposed by President Trump and Secretary DeVos is manifestly cruel to kids. It is catastrophic to the public schools our most vulnerable and at-risk students attend—and a windfall for those who want … [Read More...]

Notable Bills Signed by the Governor

Gov. Greg Abbott has until Sunday, June 18, to sign bills from the regular session into law, let them take effect without his signature, or veto them. Thus far since the session ended May 29 he has vetoed only a handful of line items within the state’s two-year budget bill for 2018-19, SB 1. Meanwhile Abbott has started signing in bunches some of the 1,285 bills sent to his desk as the deadline … [Read More...]

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Around the State

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...]