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Statement on Herrero voucher amendment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2015 CONTACT: Rob D’Amico (512-627-1343) Statement on Herrero voucher amendment Louis Malfaro, president of the 65,000-member Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, commented today on a House budget amendment that would have prohibited funding of private-school vouchers: A budget amendment by state Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Corpus Christi) to […]

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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).

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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

Texas House Budget: Some Forward Motion, But Billions of Dollars Left Unspent, Needs Unmet

The Texas House debated hundreds of budget amendments overnight but ended up passing a budget that left the House leadership’s priorities intact by a vote of 141 to 5 a bit before dawn on April 1. Those priorities include an extra $800 million for formula funding to school districts, on top of $2.2 billion already in the committee version of HB 1, the general appropriations bill for fiscal … [Read More...]

Senate Panel Passes Bill to Decriminalize Truancy

Texas is nearly unique among the 50 states in imposing criminal penalties for truancy, but that would change under a bill proposed by Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston) that was heard Tuesday and immediately approved by the state Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Whitmire’s committee substitute for SB 6 would make truancy a civil offense and set out extensive procedural safeguards for students and … [Read More...]

Budget Amendments Up for Debate in House Would Ban Voucher Funding, Expand Pre-K, and More

Among more than 350 amendments to the House budget bill, HB 1, that were pre-filed over the weekend are some that would substantially improve the bill. Two by Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Corpus Christi), would ban any state spending to implement private-school vouchers, either directly or indirectly (through tax credits). Others by Reps. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), Donna Howard (D-Austin), Armando Walle … [Read More...]

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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...]