About the Texas AFT Legislative Hotline
The Texas AFT Legislative Hotline is published by e-mail and to this site each business weekday (and some holidays and weekends when important news justifies a post) by the staff at the Texas American Federation of Teachers.
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Hotlines from August 20, 2010 to present may be found on the main site through the month links on the right navigation bar, or by using the search field.
Hotlines before that day may be found here.
The Graham-Cassidy bill is being sold as a compromise—but it’s not. It’s just as bad as every form of ACA repeal that we’ve … (read more…)
Alseen Bell’s cell phone rang as she stood in the living room of her flood-ravaged home, surveying the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey. The … (read more…)
On Tuesday in a formal letter to superintendents Morath announced that waivers of the 187-day … (read more…)
The American Federation of Teachers, First Book, and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Wednesday launched a targeted effort to deliver brand-new books and basic-needs items, in coordination with first responders, educators and volunteers, to areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The partners simultaneously announced … (read more…)
Retiree health-care costs on TRS Board agenda: On September 1 the trustees of the state Teacher Retirement System will confirm the new rates and benefit structures for the TRS-Care health plan for school retirees for calendar years 2018-2019. The revised rates and benefits will reflect the infusion of $212 million in state funds by the Legislature … (read more…)
Unions are the empowering vehicle that turns member values into action. That was a driving message when AFT President Randi Weingarten visited schools and partners in Austin, Texas, on the … (read more…)
Zedler’s amendment … (read more…)
Still alive in the special session are important school-funding and TRS-Care … (read more…)