Some state politicians in Austin want to take away the freedom of teachers, school support personnel, and nearly all state and local public employees to make voluntary payments from their earnings, via safe and secure payroll dues deduction, to the employee organizations of their choice. The bill, SB 1968 by Sen. Joan Huffman, now awaits possible action in a House committee.
Updated: April 16, 2015 Related page: STAAR is Not the Measure of Good Teaching, and You’re Worth More than $27,540! Note: SB 893 has passed the Senate and has yet to be considered in the House. The House companion bill, HB 2543, has been heard in committee but not yet acted upon. FACT: SB 893/HB 2543 […]
For Allen Weeks, the news was heartbreaking. Two schools in his neighborhood, Webb Middle School and Reagan High School, were slated for closure by the state due to low academic ratings. He had worked for years on nonprofit initiatives to improve the quality of life in the area—a low-income neighborhood in northeast Austin—and the idea […]
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).
Check out the the Spring 2015 edition of Texas Teacher magazine, which is available for download.
“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.
In a news conference on Feb. 9, Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier joined Houston-area educators and teacher union leaders in a call for school districts to adopt policies against workplace bullying.