The Facts on SB 893/HB 2543

Updated: April 16, 2015 Related page: STAAR is Not the Measure of Good Teaching, and You’re Worth More than $27,540! Note: SB 893 has passed the Senate and has yet to be considered in the House. The House companion bill, HB 2543, has been heard in committee but not yet acted upon. FACT: SB 893/HB 2543 […]


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).



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

A Question of Priorities: Tax Cuts You Won’t Feel, or Meeting Neglected Needs Like Pre-K, Health Coverage, Teacher Pay–Take Action!

Both the Texas House and Texas Senate have passed their competing versions of the state budget for 2016-2017, and House-Senate negotiations are set to start Tuesday. Both versions of the two-year spending bill cover the cost of school enrollment growth, and the House-passed draft of HB 1 would lift state school funding by up to $3 billion beyond that. The Senate version would add a lot … [Read More...]

Waiting in the Wings, Another Version of Vouchers—Read All About It

The Texas Senate Education Committee this week approved another version of private-school voucher legislation, SB 894, for consideration by the full Senate. This version, by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), would funnel tax dollars to the private purveyors of online instruction. In anticipation of an attempt sometime soon to push this bill through the Senate, the Coalition for Public Schools … [Read More...]

Take the AFT Survey on Working Conditions

Today we depart momentarily from our regular reporting on legislative doings in Austin and Washington, D.C., for an important announcement from the American Federation of Teachers: Education is both a profession and a calling. But just because the work is rewarding doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging too. We know very little about the impact of work on the health and well-being of educators … [Read More...]



Breaking news on fixing ESEA

By Randi Weingarten on April 22, 2015 This afternoon, Sens. Alexander and Murray—the chair and the ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions … [Read More...]


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...]