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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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New Survey Finds Overwhelming Discontent with State Testing

An online survey on testing and accountability by State Board of Education chair Donna Bahorich drew responses last month from 27,186 Texans, and their take on the state’s current testing regime was overwhelmingly negative. The Houston Republican and her colleagues on the 15-member, elected State Board reviewed the responses today and voted to forward them to a special state commission on … [Read More...]

Worth Quoting: Darling-Hammond on Accountability Testing, Democratic Platform on Charter Schools

From the AFT national convention in Minneapolis on Monday, AFT national media staffers report a clarion call for action on accountability reform.  “Test and punish is not what accountability should be, and we need to reinvent it,” leading education researcher and advocate Linda Darling-Hammond told AFT teachers at their divisional meeting Monday. The effort must begin now, Dr. Darling-Hammond … [Read More...]

Update on Social Security Fairness

A U.S. House committee decided not to vote last week on a bill to modify and partially replace the Windfall Elimination Provision, one of two Social Security benefit offsets that adversely affect our members’ retirement security. Currently the WEP offset can take away up to $428 a month of Social Security benefits earned by a Texas school employee, effectively penalizing that employee for also … [Read More...]

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