Ready to work with me in building our union?

By Ray McMurrey Texas AFT Secretary-Treasurer The 2015 Texas AFT Summer Convention buzzed with all the positive energy delegates usually experience. However, this year’s agenda also included the election for Texas AFT president and secretary-treasurer, the two officers that lead our state union. The convention ended with the election of Louis Malfaro as president, and […]


Are we turning a corner?

By Louis Malfaro Texas AFT President We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. —Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th […]


El Paso AFT Wins Voter Support for Big Boost in School Funding

By a four-to-one landslide margin, El Paso ISD voters approved a substantial increase in the district’s operating funds on August 22, and the El Paso AFT local had a lot to do with the outcome. El Paso AFT President Ross Moore and the union membership put school employees at the forefront of a community-wide coalition […]


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).



Fatal School-Bus Crash in Houston Prompts Calls to Rethink and Retool Safety Policies

A deadly school-bus crash in Houston this week has prompted calls to rethink and retool both state and local bus-safety policies. The accident reportedly occurred when another vehicle veered into the Houston ISD school bus on an elevated roadway and caused it to plunge through a guardrail to the ground below. Two students were killed, […]


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 […]


New Funding for Tuition Exemption for Educational Aides Seeking Teaching Degree

The two-year budget bill passed by the legislature in May provides $1.5 million for tuition exemptions for educational aides who take courses toward teacher certification in a critical shortage subject area at Texas public institutions of higher education. Funding for this valuable program of need-based exemptions was zeroed out in the budget-slashing session of 2011, […]

From the Legislative Hotline


Lt. Gov. Patrick’s Interim Charges to State Senate Committees

Since October 8, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has issued four batches of interim study assignments to Texas Senate committees, giving us a good preview of his priorities for the next legislative session. (A fifth and final batch is scheduled for release on October 14.) In the interim charges issued so far, you will find little or no reference to promoting adequacy and equity of school funding to … [Read More...]

Constitutional Amendments on the November 3 Ballot—Early Voting Starts October 19

A number of state and local leaders of Texas AFT hold seats on the executive board of the Texas AFL-CIO, which has come out with the following recommendations regarding the state constitutional amendments that will be on the November 3 statewide ballot. Propositions 1 and 7 are of particular interest to anyone with concerns about the inadequacy of school funding. We are pleased to publish the … [Read More...]


Equitable Treatment for Black Male Students Addressed by AFT Task Force Report

AFT today issued a substantive, action-oriented report, developed by a task force of AFT leaders and members, on how to address the lingering effects of racism and inequity in our nation, especially relating to black males. The report, "Reclaiming the Promise of Racial Equity: In Education, Economics and Our Criminal Justice System," provides a framework for the development of national, state, and … [Read More...]