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Hurricane Harvey (Information and Resources)

When natural disasters strike, they significantly affect our school communities, which often struggle with issues over transportation, damaged facilities, and impacted school employees and students. Here are links to resources and information.

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Dear Friend: Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new school year! Whether you are a teacher, bus driver, parent, student or anyone else associated with our public schools, you are likely caught up in the hustle and bustle, the nervousness, the exhilaration and the rush of this busy and exciting time of year.

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Texas AFT Round Up

Texas AFT Round-Up: News on free school supplies, hurricane relief, TRS retiree health care changes

AFT joined First Book and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Wednesday to launch the Essentials for Kids Fund, a national initiative that will provide books, educational resources and basic-needs items for educators and their students in districts where the public schools are severely underfunded. As part of the launch, Essentials for Kids will deliver brand-new books and basic necessities, in coordination with first responders, educators and volunteers, to areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

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AFT launches “Essentials for Kids” to provide free supplies to schools: Educators and kids affected by Hurricane Harvey will be initial focus

See below for information on how to apply. The American Federation of Teachers, First Book, and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Wednesday launched a targeted effort to deliver brand-new books and basic-needs items, in coordination with first responders, educators and volunteers, to areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The partners simultaneously announced the Essentials for […]

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Time to be union proud on Labor Day and in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

Labor Day weekend offers us a chance to reflect on the struggles still ahead for economic equality and justice. Income inequality, lack of access to basics like affordable health care, and an aggressive attempt by the rich and powerful to undermine opportunity by stifling investments in K-12 and higher education are conspiring to make it […]

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Help educators impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has left a path of devastation throughout the Texas Gulf Coast, while relentless rains have flooded many other areas. Texas AFT has a long history of assisting members in need, including relief from hurricanes and the Bastrop fires–events to which our members responded quickly with donations to our Disaster Relief Fund. Now it’s time to step up and answer the call for help again.

From the Legislative Hotline

Congress tries again to gut health care—don’t let them get away with it

Key players in the U.S. Senate are making a last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip millions of their health insurance. Don’t let them get away with it. The decisive vote on this bad proposal is likely to occur next week. The Graham-Cassidy bill is being sold as a compromise—but it’s not. It’s just as bad as every form of ACA repeal that we’ve seen so far and, once again, … [Read More...]

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TEA portal designed to give parents and educators tools for STAAR results, but Texas AFT president reminds us to look at the bigger picture

The Texas Education Agency encourages educators to have a look at what parents see when they log on to the TEA portal giving parents access to student, campus, and district test results. We encourage you to take TEA up on the invitation. The site offers links to a series of pages and videos offering more detail on how to use the system and interpret results. But also be sure to take a look at … [Read More...]

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The everyday heroes of the hurricanes

Today's Hotline is a repost of AFT President Randi Weingarten's column featured in the New York Times and Huffington Post. It highlights the remarkable efforts of our union members in assisting educators impacted by the hurricanes. Alseen Bell’s cell phone rang as she stood in the living room of her flood-ravaged home, surveying the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey. The call was from … [Read More...]

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Around the State

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...]