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Innovation grants help fund Texas community schools efforts

The American Federation of Teachers in September announced grants to fund community school initiatives in Texas and two other states to address children’s well-being and provide multiple pathways and diverse options to help them and their families succeed. The AFT Innovation Fund grants—$135,000 for each initiative—will kick-start community school efforts in Texas; Daly City, California; […]

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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 […]

AFT Texas Lobby Day at the State Capitol March 16, 2015.

Supporting candidates who reflect our values

Texas AFT is not a partisan organization. Our candidates are our issues. As a union of professionals, we choose to support people running for public office; we make endorsements, our members volunteer in campaigns, we communicate with our members and we raise money to elect pro-public- education candidates. Sometimes we support Republicans and sometimes Democrats, […]

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Do you have to pay for lost or stolen textbooks or technology items?

Do you have to pay for lost or stolen textbooks or technology items? In most cases…No! Texas Education Code §31.104, (d) and (e) states: (d) Each student, or the student’s parent or guardian, is responsible for each textbook not returned by the student. A student who fails to return all textbooks forfeits the right to […]

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Your Input Needed to Identify Issues Surrounding Special Education Services

Is the underidentifying of students with special needs a problem in your school district? What are some of the reasons that students have been denied special education evaluations and/or services? These are just two of the key questions in a survey we are launching today on special education services. You can take the survey here. […]

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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

Last Chance: Take the Special Education Services Survey (Deadline Sunday)?

You may recall we asked for your input on Special Education services with a survey that asks key questions like: Is the underidentifying of students with special needs a problem in your school district? What are some of the reasons that students have been denied special education evaluations and/or services? Thanks go to the hundreds of you who already have responded. Sunday is the … [Read More...]

New Report Documents Charter Ills

Last week the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute issued a highly instructive report on charter schools,  entitled “Exploring the Consequences of Charter School Expansion in U.S. Cities.” The EPI research findings, which have a strong bearing on what’s happening with charter expansion in Texas, prompted this response from AFT President Randi Weingarten: The original vision for charter … [Read More...]

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International Performance Study Points up What Works in Education

AFT President Randi Weingarten has some noteworthy observations about the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) 2015 survey of half a million students representing 15-year-olds in about 70 countries to gauge their knowledge and skills in math, reading, and science. First, for context, here’s how Education Week summarized the U.S. results:  “The nation's 15-year-olds performed … [Read More...]

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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...]