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Action Alert on State Budget! Tell reps “No on Vouchers” … “Yes on Funding”

HB 1, the House budget bill, will be heard on the floor of the House today, with several proposed amendments affecting public education.

Please contact your state representative today and ask him or her to do the following:
* Vote “Yes” on the Herrero Amendment to HB 1 that would not allow public school dollars to be funneled to private schools (vouchers).
* Vote “Yes” for more funding for public schools, including funding for expanded pre-K and for school employees’ health insurance.

Call 888-836-8368 now to connect with the Capitol operator, then ask to be directed to your state representative’s office. More…

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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).

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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

Budget Amendments Up for Debate in House Would Ban Voucher Funding, Expand Pre-K, and More

Among more than 350 amendments to the House budget bill, HB 1, that were pre-filed over the weekend are some that would substantially improve the bill. Two by Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Corpus Christi), would ban any state spending to implement private-school vouchers, either directly or indirectly (through tax credits). Others by Reps. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), Donna Howard (D-Austin), Armando Walle … [Read More...]

A-F Campus Ratings Pass Senate by 20-to-10 Vote But Would Not Take Effect Until 2017-2018

SB 6 by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), the bill that would have Texas mimic Florida’s ill-conceived A-F rating system for campuses, passed in the Texas Senate by a vote of 20-to-10 this afternoon, but not before it was amended in a couple of important ways. In order to get the bill okayed in the Senate, Sen. Taylor first amended SB 6 to put off its effective date until the 2017-2018 school … [Read More...]

State Senator Vilifies Public Schools as a “Monstrosity,” Gets Schooled by Citizen Armed With Facts

At the March 27 hearing of the Texas Senate Education Committee on private-school vouchers, Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) offered up a remarkable rationale for her own voucher bill, SB 276, which would drain taxpayer funds from the public schools to subsidize vouchers for unaccountable private schools. Said Campbell:  “We have a monstrosity, a monopoly. It’s called public school.” The … [Read More...]

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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...]