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Ready to work with me in building our union?

By Ray McMurrey Texas AFT Secretary-Treasurer The 2015 Texas AFT Summer Convention buzzed with all the positive energy delegates usually experience. However, this year’s agenda also included the election for Texas AFT president and secretary-treasurer, the two officers that lead our state union. The convention ended with the election of Louis Malfaro as president, and […]

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Are we turning a corner?

By Louis Malfaro Texas AFT President We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. —Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th […]

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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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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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New Funding for Tuition Exemption for Educational Aides Seeking Teaching Degree

The two-year budget bill passed by the legislature in May provides $1.5 million for tuition exemptions for educational aides who take courses toward teacher certification in a critical shortage subject area at Texas public institutions of higher education. Funding for this valuable program of need-based exemptions was zeroed out in the budget-slashing session of 2011, […]

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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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Restored: Scholarships for Educational Aides Seeking Teaching Degree

We are pleased to report that the budget bill signed by Gov. Abbott on June 20 will restore funding at long last for the program of tuition scholarships for educational aides who enroll in college courses to become teachers. This highly successful and effective program, whose budget was cut to zero in 2011, will receive […]

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Texas AFT Teacher Honored

We congratulate El Paso ISD teacher and El Paso AFT member John Gable on his nomination as one of three Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year finalists statewide. To learn about his life’s journey from homeless high school student to empathetic master teacher, take a look at this article in the El Paso Times: http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_28696352. Gable has developed the welding … [Read More...]

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Back-to-School Help from Share My Lesson

Share My Lesson, the online teacher resource center in which the American Federation of Teachers is a partner, can save you time and help you succeed in back-to-school planning. Teacher toolkits combine hundreds of the freshest, most popular lesson plans, printable worksheets, class activities and more. To make it easier, Share My Lesson groups preK-12 teacher toolkits by grade and by subject … [Read More...]

New Poll Confirms Nationwide Turn Against Overtesting and Underfunding

The new school year commencing this week brings new evidence of a continuing turn in public opinion nationwide against the misuse and overuse of standardized testing. The newly reported results of the Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup poll from May of this year also tell us the public wants more public investment in our schools and opposes the use of public funds to pay for private schooling (i.e., … [Read More...]

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Breaking news on fixing ESEA

By Randi Weingarten on April 22, 2015 This afternoon, Sens. Alexander and Murray—the chair and the ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions … [Read More...]