FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2015 CONTACT: Rob D’Amico (512-627-1343) Statement on Herrero voucher amendment Louis Malfaro, president of the 65,000-member Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, commented today on a House budget amendment that would have prohibited funding of private-school vouchers: A budget amendment by state Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Corpus Christi) to […]
HB 1, the House budget bill, will be heard on the floor of the House today, with several proposed amendments affecting public education.
Please contact your state representative today and ask him or her to do the following:
* Vote “Yes” on the Herrero Amendment to HB 1 that would not allow public school dollars to be funneled to private schools (vouchers).
* Vote “Yes” for more funding for public schools, including funding for expanded pre-K and for school employees’ health insurance.
Call 888-836-8368 now to connect with the Capitol operator, then ask to be directed to your state representative’s office. More…
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Check out the the Winter 2015 edition of Texas Teacher magazine, which is available for download.
“Reclaiming the Promise” in San Antonio, June 12-14, 2015
Make plans now to attend the Texas AFT Convention Friday, June 12, through Sunday, June 14, 2015 at the Omni Colonnade in San Antonio.
In a news conference on Feb. 9, Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier joined Houston-area educators and teacher union leaders in a call for school districts to adopt policies against workplace bullying.