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Support Community Schools–Email Your State Lawmakers Now

SB 193 and HB 3861 would give a struggling campus more time to meet state requirements if a community-school initiative is developed and implemented. Last session similar bills drew strong bipartisan support, passing in the House and passing unanimously in Senate committee. Tell your legislators to please support enhanced teaching and learning by supporting SB […]

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Convention 2017

Make plans now to attend the Texas AFT Convention Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the El Paso Convention Center. In addition to official business and election of officers, the convention will include a professional issues day with numerous workshops available for professional development. All are welcome at Professional Issues Day!

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Districts of Innovation threaten safeguards for a quality education

Those working in public education are accustomed to the ever-changing jargon and evolving language around the latest and greatest ideas to improve public education. Usually, these terms are rehashed and rebranded concepts, only repackaged for the next generation. Example: the Texas Legislature, in the last days of the last session in 2015, sneaked through a […]

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Show your love for your public schools!

Texas wants strong neighborhood public schools that are accessible to all children. Join our Texas AFT campaign to celebrate our strong public schools and honor our dedicated educators, students, and parents. Join our #PublicSchoolProud campaign today to share your story and support for public schools. Contest winners will receive a $250 Visa gift card and a pizza party for their students sponsored by Texas AFT.

Stop Assault on Texas Unions

Your Voice: Use It or Lose It!

Senate Bill 13 and House Bill 510 eliminate payroll deduction for most public employees, including teachers and other school personnel, nurses, correctional officers, child protection workers, and other public-sector workers at the state and local level. Learn the facts here, then stand up for you rights!

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Urge Lawmakers to Support Affordable Health Insurance For Texas School Employees

Send a Letter to State Lawmakers and Leaders Now! 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

Early Voting Underway for Local School Board Elections

Although no statewide races or ballot issues will be decided, the May 6 election includes hundreds of school board races, municipal elections, bond issues and other local propositions across the state. Included in the mix are several hotly-contested races where our local unions are supporting school board candidates. So be sure to check with your local union for endorsement information on school … [Read More...]

Speak Out Against Special-Ed Vouchers

The House Public Education Committee on Thursday also will hear two special-education voucher bills that deserve our vocal opposition. The bills are HB 1335 and HB 4193 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton). HB 1335 would create “education savings account” vouchers; HB 4193 would create “credit account” vouchers. Both bills have the key elements of a voucher, regardless of their labels and technical … [Read More...]

Cutting Business Taxes at Expense of Education

Another bad idea set for floor action Thursday in the House is HB 28, the bill to cut business franchise taxes that schools depend on to fulfill state obligations for public education. This measure by Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) would subtract $1.53 billion from state coffers in 2018-19, at the very time we are told that there is not enough money for the state to take care of many urgent needs … [Read More...]

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Austin member a finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year An Education Austin member, Allison Ashley, has been named finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year. Ashley, a bilingual teacher at Becker … [Read More...]

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Taking the LEAD

Texas AFT members wrapped up a successful training with AFT’s Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) Program in September in Austin. The training is designed for union activists, leaders and … [Read More...]