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 Facts on SB 893/HB 2543

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 […]


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).



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

Action on Key Bills in State Legislature as Deadlines Arrive: Guns, TEKS, Tests, Sanctions

Guns on campus: Close to the midnight deadline for passage of Senate bills in the Texas House on second reading, House members voted Tuesday to let concealed-handgun license holders bear their weapons on college campuses. House amendments made the bill applicable to private as well as public institutions of higher education but inapplicable to certain health-related facilities. Texas AFT has … [Read More...]

Fate of Many Bills Uncertain as Hard Deadlines Kick in at the Capitol

By midnight Tuesday, Senate bills in the Texas House will die unless they have received initial approval on the House floor (second reading). By midnight Wednesday, May 27, all Senate bills in the House are dead unless they have won final approval (third reading).  Wednesday also is the last day for the Senate to consider all bills on second or third reading. These hard deadlines mean the House … [Read More...]

Bill to Interfere with Voluntary Payroll Deduction, SB 1968, is Dead, but Vigilance is Still Required

Now it is official—SB 1968 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) is dead. The last House calendar for floor action this session on Senate bills has been set, and this ill-conceived bill to take away voluntary payroll deduction of dues from most public employees never made it to the House Calendars Committee for consideration.Vigilance is still in order against any possible attempt to amend this bad … [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...]