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

Under HB 2, TRS-Care Health Plan for Retirees Would Get $768 Million to Cover 2016-17 Shortfall

Both chambers of the Texas legislature now have passed versions of HB 2, the supplemental appropriations bill, which includes $768 million to cover the projected shortfall in funding for the TRS-Care health plan for retired school employees for fiscal years 2016-17. Once enacted, this infusion means that retirees, active school employees, and school districts almost certainly will not be asked to … [Read More...]

Under HB 2974, TRS-Care and Possibly TRS-ActiveCare Funding Needs Slated for Interim Study

The two-year influx of state funding under HB 2 does not solve the chronic underfunding of TRS-Care for the long term. The legislature has never provided secure and adequate funding streams for TRS-Care, preferring to enact short-term fixes since the program’s inception as a stopgap measure in the 1980s. Hence under HB 2974 by Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) there would be an interim study by a joint … [Read More...]

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...]



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...]