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Hurricane Harvey (Information and Resources)

When natural disasters strike, they significantly affect our school communities, which often struggle with issues over transportation, damaged facilities, and impacted school employees and students. Here are links to resources and information.

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Dear Friend: Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new school year! Whether you are a teacher, bus driver, parent, student or anyone else associated with our public schools, you are likely caught up in the hustle and bustle, the nervousness, the exhilaration and the rush of this busy and exciting time of year.

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Texas AFT Round Up

Texas AFT Round-Up: News on free school supplies, hurricane relief, TRS retiree health care changes

AFT joined First Book and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Wednesday to launch the Essentials for Kids Fund, a national initiative that will provide books, educational resources and basic-needs items for educators and their students in districts where the public schools are severely underfunded. As part of the launch, Essentials for Kids will deliver brand-new books and basic necessities, in coordination with first responders, educators and volunteers, to areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

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AFT launches “Essentials for Kids” to provide free supplies to schools: Educators and kids affected by Hurricane Harvey will be initial focus

See below for information on how to apply. The American Federation of Teachers, First Book, and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Wednesday launched a targeted effort to deliver brand-new books and basic-needs items, in coordination with first responders, educators and volunteers, to areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The partners simultaneously announced the Essentials for […]

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Time to be union proud on Labor Day and in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

Labor Day weekend offers us a chance to reflect on the struggles still ahead for economic equality and justice. Income inequality, lack of access to basics like affordable health care, and an aggressive attempt by the rich and powerful to undermine opportunity by stifling investments in K-12 and higher education are conspiring to make it […]

From the Legislative Hotline

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Lawsuit settlement ends use of value-added evaluations for Houston teachers

In another huge victory for the right of teachers to be fairly evaluated, Houston ISD agreed, in a settlement of a federal lawsuit brought by seven Houston teachers and our local union-- the Houston Federation of Teachers--not to use value-added scores to terminate a teacher as long as the teacher is unable to independently test or challenge the score. The most significant blow in this lawsuit … [Read More...]

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New report highlights the consequences of underfunding our public schools

Researchers at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium, and the University of Texas at Austin have summed up what we unfortunately have realized for several years, that the draconian budget cuts to public education in 2011 have had significant and ongoing negative impacts on our students. However, the groups' report--Consequences of the Texas … [Read More...]

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Partnership with First Book continues with massive book giveaway in Houston Saturday

Thanks to a partnership between Texas AFT Houston-area unions, the American Federation of Teachers, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, and First Book, some 36,000 brand new books will be distributed to Houston-area elementary teachers Saturday. If you are an elementary teacher and would like to attend, make sure to sign up for free with First Book and read the important event details … [Read More...]

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Around the State

Austin member a finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year An Education Austin member, Allison Ashley, has been named finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year. Ashley, a bilingual teacher at Becker … [Read More...]