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 […]

AFT Texas Lobby Day at the State Capitol March 16, 2015.

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 […]


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 […]



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


A Skirmish in the Battle over the Proper Role of State Tests

The final meeting of the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability revealed unresolved tensions among its members’ competing visions of the future of state testing. The members, appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Joe Straus, were unable to reach consensus on an explicit rejection of high-stakes testing sought by the leader of the … [Read More...]

The Fight against Testing Inertia on the Federal Level—Sign AFT’s Petition!

Your voice was critical in the repeal of No Child Left Behind testing mandates and the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and your voice needs to be heard again as federal ESSA rules on accountability systems—that is, the rules around what counts in determining which schools are identified for supports—become final. Sign our petition to the Department of Education on ESSA regulations … [Read More...]

The Fight against Testing Inertia on the State Level

The Texas Next Generation Commission on Assessments and Accountability is expected to hold its final meeting on recommendations for changes in the use of standardized testing in Austin tomorrow. The recently published draft of their final report to the Legislature falls short of the broad challenge to the misuses of standardized testing that many educators, parents, and concerned citizens have … [Read More...]