Vetoed: Bill to Reform Curriculum Guidelines

June 21 was the deadline for Gov. Greg Abbott to sign bills, veto them, or let them take effect without his signature. Abbott vetoed a total of 42 bills and a number of line items in the state budget by the deadline. One veto of an education bill was especially noteworthy. That bill was SB […]


Education reform: the TV version versus the real thing

Private interests are spending a tidy sum this month on TV ads to sell the Legislature on their preferred education agenda. It is billed as bold reform. It actually would take our public schools backward. Fortunately, even as the ads keep running, better ideas are gaining ground at the Capitol.


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).



Restored: Scholarships for Educational Aides Seeking Teaching Degree

We are pleased to report that the budget bill signed by Gov. Abbott on June 20 will restore funding at long last for the program of tuition scholarships for educational aides who enroll in college courses to become teachers. This highly successful and effective program, whose budget was cut to zero in 2011, will receive […]

Members from the San Antonio Alliance for Teachers and Support Personnel

Texas AFT Convention—Fighting Back and Fighting Forward:

At the three-day Texas AFT convention in San Antonio that concluded Sunday, June 14, delegates elected as the state federation’s new secretary-treasurer Ray McMurrey, the president of Corpus Christi AFT. McMurrey won a two-year term to serve as Texas AFT’s second-in-command alongside President Louis Malfaro. Common themes connected President Malfaro’s “State of the Union” address […]

From the Legislative Hotline

Hotline Holiday, with Occasional Interruptions

The Hotline will take a holiday from now through July 5, with occasional exceptions. For instance, you can expect a Hotline message to cover any vetoes by Gov. Greg Abbott affecting public education and education employees. His deadline to veto, sign, or just allow bills to become law is June 21. … [Read More...]

Still Some Work to Do to Keep Fast Track to a Bad Deal for Workers Blocked

Let’s make our victory against Fast Track permanent! Call Congress at 202-224-3121 to cement last week’s victory against the job-killing Fast Track and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Last Friday, a dramatic 126-to-302 vote defeated a key part of the Fast Track package known as Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). This was a great victory led by working families against an array of TPP backers … [Read More...]

Fast-Track Trade Bills in Congress Derailed by Grass-Roots Opposition

Score one for grass-roots democracy. This afternoon the U.S. House, under intense pressure from citizen activists like you, emphatically rejected a key piece of the proposed Fast Track legislation that would have limited congressional debate and allowed no amendments to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a job-killing trade and investment deal that would ship American jobs to … [Read More...]



Breaking news on fixing ESEA

By Randi Weingarten on April 22, 2015 This afternoon, Sens. Alexander and Murray—the chair and the ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions … [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...]