Be ready to shape new teacher evaluation systems

Professional educators are keenly aware that teaching requires continuing education, constant review and an official evaluation system to improve the practice. Texas teachers have witnessed an evolving teacher appraisal system over the last few decades, and they fully understand and embrace the opportunity to enhance their craft through a professional evaluation process. However, questions often […]

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

Educators speak! Texas AFT members drive wins in Democratic and Republican races

“I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” – Will Rogers Texas AFT is a non-partisan union made up of 65,000 Texas public school employees. Within our ranks are members of many political stripes who come together around a shared vision of high-quality schools for all Texas children. When […]


Ding Dong. Knock Knock Knock. Let’s Talk!

If you see us at your door this summer, we’re there to hear from you how we can work together to improve our schools and our profession. Staff and member volunteers will be going door to door in many areas of the state, so give them a welcome! (If we miss you, we’ll leave a door hanger with some information and a call-back number.)

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Do you have to pay for lost or stolen textbooks or technology items?

Do you have to pay for lost or stolen textbooks or technology items? In most cases…No! Texas Education Code §31.104, (d) and (e) states: (d) Each student, or the student’s parent or guardian, is responsible for each textbook not returned by the student. A student who fails to return all textbooks forfeits the right to […]



Sign the Petition Urging Affordable Health Insurance For Texas School Employees

Petition to State Lawmakers and Leaders (sign below) 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

You Can Do Something About EpiPen Price-Gouging

You probably have seen the news reports about outrageous price increases for lifesaving EpiPens. What can you do about it? Read the message below from Patricia Forrai-Gunter, a school nurse from Cleveland, Ohio, who serves on the AFT Nurses and Health Professionals Policy and Planning Council—and then heed her call to take action: As a school nurse, I've seen the anguish on students’ faces as … [Read More...]

Online Bullying of Students Draws Legislative Attention

Spurred by testimony that anonymous, untraceable bullying messages and related harassment of students have caused great harm, even student suicide, the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee on August 23 served notice that new legislation against school-related cyberbullying is in the offing. Sen. Jose Menendez, a San Antonio Democrat who serves on the committee, said he would propose legislation … [Read More...]

Listening to “What Educators Believe Would Make a Difference”

State Rep. Diego Bernal, Democrat of San Antonio, has been doing his homework in a novel way on issues of public education during the current legislative interim. Bernal has visited all 55 neighborhood public schools in his district on a listening tour to find out “what educators believe would make a difference in their everyday work.” He heard common themes sounded across all three school … [Read More...]