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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

Texas House Budget Writers’ Aim: “Fully Fund” TRS Retiree Health Care

The chair of the Texas House Appropriations Committee announced Wednesday that his committee would “fully fund” health care for retired school employees for the next two years. The statement from Rep. John Otto, Republican of Dayton, was the strongest indication yet that at least one chamber of the legislature wants to protect retirees enrolled in the TRS-Care health plan from increases in their … [Read More...]

Bipartisan Bills Promote Community Schools, a Proven Way to Help Students Succeed

Texas AFT welcomed the filing Wednesday of two bipartisan bills—HB 1891 and HB 1892 by Democratic Rep. Eddie Rodriguez of Austin and Republican Rep. Marsha Farney of Georgetown—that would foster the creation of “Community Schools” as a proven tool for school improvement, especially at struggling campuses. Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro said: These bills will encourage local initiatives to … [Read More...]

Lt. Gov. Patrick’s Spending Plans Grab Revenue for Tax Breaks, Roads, not Schoolchildren

The spending priorities of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were on clear display Tuesday, and thus far the neglected needs of Texas schoolchildren are not on the list. At two press conferences, Lt. Gov. Patrick (who presides over the state Senate) and allied senators touted legislation that would grab $4.6 billion for tax breaks and claim upwards of $5 billion per biennium, in perpetuity, for highway funds. … [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...]