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

Mayday, Mayday: Medical Emergency!

A crisis of health-care affordability is confronting school employees, whether they get their health coverage through a local district plan or one of the plans within the state-administered TRS-ActiveCare program. Rising costs have not been matched by rising state contributions; ever-increasing premiums for employees have been the norm, even as benefits have been reduced. While the legislature … [Read More...]


Texas AFT and Local Affiliates Back Teacher-Pay Bill

With strong backing from Texas AFT and local affiliates in San Antonio and Austin, Sen. Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio) made a push on Thursday for a bill to raise Texas teacher pay by $4,000 a year. Menendez held a morning press conference to promote the idea, with presidents of  the Texas AFT locals in San Antonio ISD (Shelley Potter) and Austin ISD (Ken Zarifis) lending support, along with Joshua … [Read More...]

Bypass Around State End-of-Course Exams En Route to Governor

SB 149, the bill by Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) to authorize a bypass around required state end-of-course exams for graduation from high school, won final passage in the legislature Wednesday and is on its way to the governor’s desk. The bill allows a student to graduate without passing up to two end-of-course exams, if the student passes the courses and demonstrates proficiency by other means … [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...]