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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

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Sign Up to Support the Fair Shot Texas Agenda

Extreme politicians in the Texas Legislature are determined to weaken the power of working people. They’re pushing special interest-backed legislation that would make it harder for working families to make ends meet. We believe everyone deserves a fair shot to get ahead, which is why we’ve joined other labor partners in Texas to form the Fair Shot Texas Coalition. Together, we represent … [Read More...]

Special-Ed Vouchers to Get a Hearing; Community Schools Would Gain State Backing under Key Bill

Special-ed Vouchers to Get a Hearing in House Committee:  Despite the big House majority vote (103 to 44) against any form of voucher funding in SB 1, the budget bill, the House Public Education Committee will give a hearing to two voucher bills on Thursday, April 27. Both bills are by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) and both are focused on special-education students. HB 1335 would create … [Read More...]

State Board Approves Evidence-Based Science Standards; Legislative News on Charters, the Budget and More

State Board Approves Evidence-Based Science Standards:  For the first time in years, state standards for science instruction will be free of loaded language inserted to promote a creationist critique of the science behind the theory of evolution. That's the upshot of a debate and vote at the State Board of Education this week, in which a bipartisan majority (prominently including new SBOE member … [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...]