From the Legislative Hotline


Community-Schools Strategy Gaining Support

November 20 was a national day of action in support of community schools as an effective strategy for school improvement and an effective alternative to failed test-and-punish accountability policies. In Texas, community-school advocates including our Texas AFT affiliates in Houston ISD, Dallas ISD, and Austin ISD took part in the advocacy campaign. The marquee event of the day in Texas was a … [Read More...]

Previews of Coming Attractions at the State Capitol: Budget Decisions and the Lowdown on Vouchers

Setting a Cap on Spending Growth:  On December 1 the Legislative Budget Board, made up of legislative leaders and members of the Texas House and Senate, will set an important limit on the rate of growth in state spending for the coming two-year budget period (fiscal 2016-2017, beginning September 1, 2015). Unless a majority of lawmakers in each chamber vote specifically to override the limit, the … [Read More...]

State Board of Education Adopts Textbooks: Some Flaws Fixed, Others Not

The State Board of Education by a split vote approved a batch of social-studies textbooks submitted by publishers after much debate and testimony pro and con. Some significant improvements were made on certain topics; for instance, the salience of conflict over slavery as a cause of the Civil War was clarified, and passages in some texts obscuring the strong scientific consensus on human activity … [Read More...]