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Help your fellow educators: Relief needed after Houston-area flooding

After relentless rains pounded the Houston area (with some neighborhoods getting as much as 17 inches in a day), catastrophic flooding has devastated thousands of homes. Texas AFT has seven local unions in the area and thousands of members, many of whom have had their homes flooded, their cars damaged and other financial hardships caused by […]

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

The Every Student Succeeds Act: An Open Door For New Public School Accountability

The congressional rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) gives Texas an enormous opportunity to recast our public school accountability system into one that better serves students and teachers. We have a chance to leave behind for good the disastrous misuse of standardized testing we’ve endured for some 13 years under NCLB. The […]

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Ready To Go On the Offense

By Ray McMurrey As a result of more than a decade of fighting against bad education laws and policies, our union has developed a solid and successful defensive strategy. Quite frankly, we have become great at defense. However, we must develop an offense that complements our defense. Recent developments and victories at home and across the […]

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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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Sign the Petition Urging Affordable Health Insurance For Texas School Employees

Petition to State Lawmakers and Leaders (sign below) 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 […]

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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 […]

From the Legislative Hotline

Rising Cost of College Tuition and Student Debt in Texas—the Rest of the Story

This week Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a press conference to decry rising costs of public higher education for Texas families since the Legislature delegated tuition-setting authority to the universities and colleges nearly 15 years ago. Patrick spotlighted data showing tuition and fees have gone up 147 percent since 2002 while median household income of Texans rose only 32 percent over the … [Read More...]

Tell the Commissioner: Districts of Innovation Need to Follow the District of Innovation Law

A new “district of innovation” law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015 authorizes school districts to exempt themselves from many state Education Code mandates at local discretion. But in order to do so they have to meet certain conditions set out in the new law. The commissioner of education earlier this month proposed rules to implement the “district of innovation” law, which makes up a new … [Read More...]

Tell Pearson it’s time to change course and end its ruinous commitment to high-stakes testing

Our national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers, is urging members to sign on in support of 100 major international pension funds, labor unions and concerned shareholders—the “Pearson 100”—that have joined together to TELL PEARSON to end its ruinous commitment to high-stakes testing. Here's what AFT President Randi Weingarten had to say in a letter to our members: The largest … [Read More...]

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