Ready to work with me in building our union?

By Ray McMurrey Texas AFT Secretary-Treasurer The 2015 Texas AFT Summer Convention buzzed with all the positive energy delegates usually experience. However, this year’s agenda also included the election for Texas AFT president and secretary-treasurer, the two officers that lead our state union. The convention ended with the election of Louis Malfaro as president, and […]


Are we turning a corner?

By Louis Malfaro Texas AFT President We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. —Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th […]


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 […]


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).



Fatal School-Bus Crash in Houston Prompts Calls to Rethink and Retool Safety Policies

A deadly school-bus crash in Houston this week has prompted calls to rethink and retool both state and local bus-safety policies. The accident reportedly occurred when another vehicle veered into the Houston ISD school bus on an elevated roadway and caused it to plunge through a guardrail to the ground below. Two students were killed, […]


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 […]


New Funding for Tuition Exemption for Educational Aides Seeking Teaching Degree

The two-year budget bill passed by the legislature in May provides $1.5 million for tuition exemptions for educational aides who take courses toward teacher certification in a critical shortage subject area at Texas public institutions of higher education. Funding for this valuable program of need-based exemptions was zeroed out in the budget-slashing session of 2011, […]

From the Legislative Hotline


Equitable Treatment for Black Male Students Addressed by AFT Task Force Report

AFT today issued a substantive, action-oriented report, developed by a task force of AFT leaders and members, on how to address the lingering effects of racism and inequity in our nation, especially relating to black males. The report, "Reclaiming the Promise of Racial Equity: In Education, Economics and Our Criminal Justice System," provides a framework for the development of national, state, and … [Read More...]


Education Commissioner Sketches Possible Sanctions if State Loses NCLB Waiver—But How Likely?

The U.S. Department of Education has exempted Texas and almost all of the 50 states from some of the senseless mandates and sanctions of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act, but federal education regulators have made the waiver of those discredited requirements conditional on compliance with new regulations. One of these new waiver conditions would compel every school district in the state to … [Read More...]


Where We Stand: Schools at the Center of Communities

The Fall 2015 edition of the American Educator, AFT’s professional journal for the teaching profession, is a treasure trove of information about the vital role of community schools in reclaiming the promise of American education. The magazine includes an inspiring account of the burgeoning of community schools in Austin ISD with the help of our Education Austin affiliate and grass-roots … [Read More...]