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Feb. 9 Tele-Town Hall on Legislative Issues

You are invited to participate in our upcoming Tele-Town Hall scheduled for Thursday, February 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Texas AFT will conduct Tele-Town Halls on the second Thursday every month from February thru May. More…

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Districts of Innovation threaten safeguards for a quality education

Those working in public education are accustomed to the ever-changing jargon and evolving language around the latest and greatest ideas to improve public education. Usually, these terms are rehashed and rebranded concepts, only repackaged for the next generation. Example: the Texas Legislature, in the last days of the last session in 2015, sneaked through a […]

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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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Stop Assault on Texas Unions

Your Voice: Use It or Lose It!

Write Your Lawmakers Now Here! Be Connected Directly to Your State Senator Here More Facts About HB 510 and SB 13 Here Your voice is crucial to improving public education and the teaching profession. Your voice has helped stop bad ideas to privatize public education through private-school vouchers and take away secure pensions. Frankly, they […]

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Urge Lawmakers to Support Affordable Health Insurance For Texas School Employees

Send a Letter to State Lawmakers and Leaders Now! 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 […]

From the Legislative Hotline

It’s Recess Time for the U.S. Congress: A Perfect Time to Speak Up on Issues Important to You

AFT President Randi Weingarten sent out a reminder today to take advantage of a recess of the U.S. Congress to pressure your rep in Congress and our two state Senators about the priorities of educators and working families: This week, members of Congress will be in their home districts. It’s up to us to make sure they hear our voices. Whether you want to protect healthcare for millions of … [Read More...]

How You Can Help in the Fight Against Private-School Vouchers

?We previously encouraged you to send an online letter from the Texas AFT website to your legislators letting them know to oppose any attempt to use taxpayer money for private-school tuition (vouchers). If you didn’t send a letter yet, you can do so here. It’s also good to know we’re not alone in this fight. The Network for Public Education, a national advocacy group working on issues promoting … [Read More...]

Key Education Committees in Texas House

With their new rosters in place, the House Public Education Committee and House Higher Education Committee have slated their first meetings of the 2017 session for Tuesday and Wednesday next week, respectively. Texas AFT will keep close tabs on both as bills of interest to our members come up before these two legislative panels. Here’s the roster of state representatives on the House Public … [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...]

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Taking the LEAD

Texas AFT members wrapped up a successful training with AFT’s Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) Program in September in Austin. The training is designed for union activists, leaders and … [Read More...]