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

The Week Ahead—Education Funding, Teacher Appraisal, and Tax Cuts up for Discussion

On Monday, March 2, the Texas House Appropriations subcommittee on education funding will be making preliminary decisions on funding for elementary, secondary, and higher education. Texas AFT will monitor the action and report significant developments. On Tuesday, a subcommittee on educator quality of the House Public Education Committee will hear invited testimony on teacher appraisal and … [Read More...]

U.S. House Bill to Rewrite NCLB Pulled Down Without Final Vote

The U.S. House leadership apparently misjudged just how much resistance there would be to its faulty legislation to replace the No Child Left Behind Act. On Friday, February 27, after two days of debate on a host of amendments to the bill (H.R. 5, misnamed the “Student Success Act”), it was abruptly withdrawn from consideration on the House floor. The bill encountered stout opposition from the … [Read More...]

Notable Bills Filed in Legislature on Pre-K, 13th Check for TRS Retirees, School Nurse Staffing

On February 26 Rep. Dan Huberty, Republican of Humble, introduced a bill creating a new pre-kindergarten grant program. Huberty’s HB 4 would give additional pre-K funding to a school district or charter school that met certain quality criteria for its pre-K offerings. The bill’s single-digit number indicates that it is a House leadership priority. HB 4 is modeled after proposals by Gov. Greg … [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...]