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Districts of Innovation threaten safeguards for a quality education

Those working in public education are accustomed to the ever-changing jargon and evolving language around the latest and greatest ideas to improve public education. Usually, these terms are rehashed and rebranded concepts, only repackaged for the next generation. Example: the Texas Legislature, in the last days of the last session in 2015, sneaked through a […]

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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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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

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Putting the State’s Standardized Tests in Their Proper Place

In 2015 the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 149 as a two-year experiment to allow students to graduate from high school based on an assessment of their whole body of work, not their inability to pass one or two of the state’s standardized end-of-course exams (the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR). The bill has offered a chance for thousands of students to graduate by … [Read More...]

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Raise Texas Wages!

Texas lawmakers, strongly backed by Texas AFT and other affiliates of the Texas AFL-CIO, are pushing to increase the minimum wage for Texans in all walks of life with a bevy of bills filed in the 2017 legislative session that began January 10. The drive to raise Texans’ pay is the focus of a Texas AFL-CIO press conference at the Capitol set for January 12 with some of those legislators and also … [Read More...]

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First Day of School as Legislature Convenes for 140-Day Session

The action at the state Capitol on the first day of the 2017 legislative session was noteworthy mainly for what did not happen. There was literally no opposition to the re-election of House Speaker Joe Straus, who accordingly won 150 out of 150 votes. The meaning of the Straus re-election was apparent in his ensuing remarks, which contrasted mightily with the strident, extremist agenda … [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...]