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Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro

The Every Student Succeeds Act: An Open Door For New Public School Accountability

The congressional rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) gives Texas an enormous opportunity to recast our public school accountability system into one that better serves students and teachers. We have a chance to leave behind for good the disastrous misuse of standardized testing we’ve endured for some 13 years under NCLB. The […]

Secretary Treasurer Ray McMurrey

Ready To Go On the Offense

By Ray McMurrey As a result of more than a decade of fighting against bad education laws and policies, our union has developed a solid and successful defensive strategy. Quite frankly, we have become great at defense. However, we must develop an offense that complements our defense. Recent developments and victories at home and across the […]

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El Paso AFT Wins Voter Support for Big Boost in School Funding

By a four-to-one landslide margin, El Paso ISD voters approved a substantial increase in the district’s operating funds on August 22, and the El Paso AFT local had a lot to do with the outcome. El Paso AFT President Ross Moore and the union membership put school employees at the forefront of a community-wide coalition […]

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Sign the Petition Urging Affordable Health Insurance For Texas School Employees

Petition to State Lawmakers and Leaders (sign below) We ask the Texas Legislature to make immediate and ongoing increases in state funding for active school employees’ health insurance provided through formula aid to school districts. THE PROBLEM: The state’s funding for health insurance has stagnated at $75 per employee per month since 2002, while the […]

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Texas AFT: How We’re Different

Reclaiming the promise… Join Texas AFT as we reclaim the promise of public education. For current members, that means taking a stand to let elected officials know that we are professionals who will work to ensure a quality education for all our students, and a respectful working environment that inspires us to spark the love […]

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Black History Month 2016—Share My Lesson Resources

Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to create and share their very best teaching resources. Developed by teachers for teachers, this free platform gives access to high-quality teaching resources and provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage, and inspire each other. Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers and … [Read More...]

New Education Commissioner Addresses State Board of Education

New Commissioner of Education Mike Morath made his first round of public “commissioner’s comments” at the State Board of Education meeting under way this week in Austin. Much of this first dialogue with SBOE members amounted to an exchange of pleasantries, but there were some nuggets of useful information. Morath said his initial top priorities would be: --supporting Texas … [Read More...]

?Lt. Gov. Patrick Puts Private-School Vouchers atop His Legislative Priority List—Again

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced this week that private-school voucher legislation will be a major priority for him again in the next regular legislative session a year from now. Using the term he prefers to describe this goal, Patrick said “school choice is one of my highest-priority items.” Patrick has tried repeatedly, both as a state senator and last year as the Senate’s presiding … [Read More...]

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