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  • The Safe Schools Act: A Guide for Texas Educators
  • Urge Lawmakers to Support Affordable Health Insurance For Texas School Employees
  • Election 2016


Leaders from unions, nonprofits and community organizations gather in September at an AFT-sponsored event in Washington, D.C., to  discuss strategies for expanding community schools programs.

Innovation grants help fund Texas community schools efforts

The American Federation of Teachers in September announced grants to fund community school initiatives in Texas and two other states to address children’s well-being and provide multiple pathways and diverse options to help them and their families succeed. The AFT Innovation Fund grants—$135,000 for each initiative—will kick-start community school efforts in Texas; Daly City, California; […]


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 […]

AFT Texas Lobby Day at the State Capitol March 16, 2015.

Supporting candidates who reflect our values

Texas AFT is not a partisan organization. Our candidates are our issues. As a union of professionals, we choose to support people running for public office; we make endorsements, our members volunteer in campaigns, we communicate with our members and we raise money to elect pro-public- education candidates. Sometimes we support Republicans and sometimes Democrats, […]

Election 2016

Election 2016

Election information, endorsements and a look at the issues surrounding the election.



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 […]


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 […]

From the Legislative Hotline

Randi Weingarten

AFT Rises to the Defense of NAACP Call for a Moratorium on Charter Expansion

The NAACP’s call for a moratorium on charter expansion (see October 18 Hotline) has triggered counterattacks by self-anointed education reformers, including some in the highest echelons of the U.S. Department of Education and on the editorial pages of some major news outlets. But the NAACP, one of the nation’s foremost civil-rights organizations,  struck a chord with parents, teachers, and other … [Read More...]

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Early Voting Starts Monday—Where to Look for Voter Information

Monday, October 24, is your first chance to vote early in the November 8 general election, for every office from president of the United States to state representative to assorted local offices. Early voting will continue through Friday, November 4. Make your plan now to take advantage of early voting and avoid the last-minute crunch on November 8! This election is of critical importance to … [Read More...]

Why the NAACP Is Calling for a Halt to Charter Expansion

It is important to know why the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), one of the nation’s premier civil-rights advocacy groups, has passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on new charter schools. The NAACP’s call for a charter school moratorium is a position shaped by NAACP members who attend meetings of their local school boards, engage with state … [Read More...]


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...]


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...]