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Make the Case for Affordable Health Care for School Employees—Answer Texas AFT’s Online Survey!

Take the Health Care Survey Now!

A solution is in sight for the budget shortfall affecting TRS-Care, the state health-insurance plan for retired school employees. Budget leaders in both the Texas House and the Texas Senate have proposed that available general-purpose revenue be used in 2016-2017 to keep TRS-Care solvent without tapping the pocketbooks of retirees, active school employees, or school districts.

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The Houston 7: Ivan Castillo

This is the second in an ongoing series of profiles on the seven teachers in Houston ISD who are suing the district over the use of its Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS).

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Convention 2015

“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.

From the Legislative Hotline

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House School-Finance Initiative Greets Senate Passage of “Tax Cuts First”

On Wednesday the Senate passed a package of four tax-cut bills backed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. But the Senate majority’s decision to put tax cuts ahead of the state’s neglected funding needs was partially overshadowed by an interesting development in the Texas House. House Public Education Committee chair Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen) held a capitol press conference to say that the House will … [Read More...]

Help Lawmakers Just Say No to Vouchers: Action Needed Now!

Action Needed Now!  Now under way in the Texas Senate is a new attempt to drain taxpayer funds from already-underfunded neighborhood public schools to subsidize private schooling for a select few. A hearing on three bills that would implement vouchers in various guises will occur tomorrow in the Senate Education Committee.  Please contact your state senator and state representative and ask them to … [Read More...]

Pre-K Bill, Approved in Committee, Would Not Provide Full-Day Program

The House Public Education Committee has approved HB 4 by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Humble), which would boost funding for pre-K modestly but would not provide for the full-day pre-K programs for all eligible students backed by Texas AFT and many allies. Though the bill would authorize upwards of $100 million to be spent on pre-K programs that meet certain quality standards, it would not even restore … [Read More...]

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Randi’s Corner

Read more from AFT's president at Randi's Corner.   "Across the country, AFT members are working with their communities to champion fairness, democracy, economic opportunity, and … [Read More...]