From the Legislative Hotline


“A Significant Money Issue, No Two Ways About It”—More State Funding Needed for TRS-Care and TRS-ActiveCare

Take action with an online letter to state officials! Mark down Friday, October 17, as a new milestone in the long debate over how to meet the state’s obligations to pay for health-insurance coverage for active and retired school employees. On this date the Texas Teacher Retirement System unveiled the first draft of an array of options for lawmakers as they figure out how to cover a sizable … [Read More...]

Texas AFT Testifies on School Governance—Beware of Top-Down Fads, Be Open to Community Schools

At a Texas House Public Education Committee hearing on school governance today, Texas AFT advised lawmakers to be wary of “magic bullet” fads imposed from the top down by education bureaucrats in Washington or Austin or by local elites. Texas AFT legislative spokesman Ted Melina Raab urged committee members instead to support initiatives coming up from the grass roots—from the parents, teachers, … [Read More...]

“The Tide on Testing is Turning”

National groups representing big-city superintendents and state education commissioners have responded to criticisms of the widespread overuse and misuse of standardized achievement tests by vowing to evaluate their testing requirements, with an eye toward eliminating tests deemed to be of poor quality or simply redundant. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten offered these … [Read More...]