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).



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

Notable Bills Filed in Legislature on Pre-K, 13th Check for TRS Retirees, School Nurse Staffing

On February 26 Rep. Dan Huberty, Republican of Humble, introduced a bill creating a new pre-kindergarten grant program. Huberty’s HB 4 would give additional pre-K funding to a school district or charter school that met certain quality criteria for its pre-K offerings. The bill’s single-digit number indicates that it is a House leadership priority. HB 4 is modeled after proposals by Gov. Greg … [Read More...]

Contact Your U.S. House Member About Key Amendments to Major Federal Education Bill

The U.S. House began debate Thursday on 44 amendments to the misnamed Student Success Act, a defective rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (better known in its most recent version as the No Child Left Behind Act). The debate continues on Friday. AFT’s team at the U.S. Capitol advises that we should all urge our representatives to support the following amendments. Quigley … [Read More...]

Got a Great Idea for a Workshop on Educational and Professional Issues?

Texas AFT will host a Professional Issues Day on Saturday, June 13, during our biennial convention, and you’re invited to submit a workshop proposal. All workshops will take place at the Omni Colonnade in San Antonio. This is your day to highlight best practices and also collaborate and learn with colleagues from throughout the state. Each presenter will receive a $300 stipend for the … [Read More...]



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...]