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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 […]

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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).

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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

Voucher Bill Gets Preliminary Okay on a Split Vote in Texas Senate—Still Time to Contact Your Senator Before Final Senate Vote on April 21!

A sharply divided Texas Senate gave preliminary but not final approval this afternoon to a voucher bill, SB 4, aiming to divert $100 million from already-underfunded public schools to subsidize private schools that do not have to meet state accountability standards. The vote to allow debate on the bill was 18 to 12, just one short of the 13 dissenting votes that would have blocked consideration of … [Read More...]

Reminder—Save Texas Schools Rally at 10 AM on Saturday, April 18, on the Capitol Steps

It's rally time at the Capitol this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon! Public education in Texas continues to struggle with the challenges of underfunding and over-testing. Texas children deserve better. Join thousands of fellow Texans standing up at the Capitol to say THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW! Texas children cannot be left standing outside a courtroom waiting for their future. We need fair funding, … [Read More...]

The Every Child Achieves Act Would Replace No Child Left Behind with Something Far Better

The U.S. Senate’s committee on education has done a good deed this week by passing the Every Child Achieves Act, a vast improvement over current law. This legislation will end the No Child Left Behind Act, Race to the Top, and federal waivers of NCLB with onerous strings attached.  It will dismantle the policies that have left a destructive, divisive climate affecting our schools, students, … [Read More...]

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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...]