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Vote! Election 2016

The March 1 primaries will be your first opportunity in 2016 to back candidates who not only will support public education, but also will stand up to a harmful agenda that seeks to defund and privatize our schools. Read more…

Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro

The Every Student Succeeds Act: An Open Door For New Public School Accountability

The congressional rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) gives Texas an enormous opportunity to recast our public school accountability system into one that better serves students and teachers. We have a chance to leave behind for good the disastrous misuse of standardized testing we’ve endured for some 13 years under NCLB. The […]

Secretary Treasurer Ray McMurrey

Ready To Go On the Offense

By Ray McMurrey As a result of more than a decade of fighting against bad education laws and policies, our union has developed a solid and successful defensive strategy. Quite frankly, we have become great at defense. However, we must develop an offense that complements our defense. Recent developments and victories at home and across the […]

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El Paso AFT Wins Voter Support for Big Boost in School Funding

By a four-to-one landslide margin, El Paso ISD voters approved a substantial increase in the district’s operating funds on August 22, and the El Paso AFT local had a lot to do with the outcome. El Paso AFT President Ross Moore and the union membership put school employees at the forefront of a community-wide coalition […]

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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 […]

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Texas AFT: How We’re Different

Reclaiming the promise… Join Texas AFT as we reclaim the promise of public education. For current members, that means taking a stand to let elected officials know that we are professionals who will work to ensure a quality education for all our students, and a respectful working environment that inspires us to spark the love […]

From the Legislative Hotline

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Texas AFT Testimony Supports Community Schools, Better Achievement Measures

The Texas House Public Education Committee held a hearing Tuesday on how to improve middle schools and how to assess high-performing students. Texas AFT legislative spokesman Ted Melina Raab offered testimony on both topics, touting community schools as a successful school-improvement model and urging adoption of better achievement measures to replace the current, test-driven accountability … [Read More...]

Texas School Finance Needs Full Remodeling

A ruling by the Texas Supreme Court is possible any time now in the long-running lawsuit by Texas school districts for an equitable and adequate system of school finance. With that in mind, we want to share with you an essay by one of our friends at the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities that provides a useful framework for the legislative discussion of school-finance reform that … [Read More...]

Education Issues Headed for Legislative Hearings

The legislature is not in session, but interim committees are getting busy. Four hearings coming up next week will bear watching. They are: House Public Education Committee, Tuesday, February 9: The committee will review current state education policies and initiatives regarding middle grades. The hearing will include an examination of school-based strategies and best practices that encourage … [Read More...]

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