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. You may sign up for the e-mail list here. Hotlines from August 20, 2010 to present may be […]

Dan Patrick Doubles Down in Defense of Destructive Education Cuts; Van de Putte Shines

Dan Patrick, the Republican state senator running for lieutenant governor, cannot keep his story straight on the issue of education funding. First he falsely claimed that last year he “led the charge” to restore the $5.4 billion in funding that was slashed in 2011. When that claim was exposed as a “pants on fire” falsehood […]

Attorney General Abbott Makes the Wrong Moves in School-Finance Lawsuit

On August 28 state District Judge John Dietz ruled that the current state system of school funding violates the state’s constitutional duty to provide adequately and equitably for public education. Late on Friday, September 26, Attorney General Greg Abbott confirmed that he would continue to defend this indefensible school-finance system, by filing an appeal with […]

Senate Education Chair Says Deep Cuts Didn’t Matter: “Schools Survived, We Did Fine”

Senate Education Committee chair Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, already has been nailed by the news reporters at Texas PolitiFact for falsely claiming that he “led the charge” to restore the $5.4 billion that was cut from public education in 2011. His actual role, as PolitiFact noted in giving the claim a […]

Double Feature: Van de Putte and Davis Face Off with Foes in TV Debates Monday, Tuesday

Mark your calendar for two key debates in the races for lieutenant governor (7 p.m. Central Time on Monday, September 29) and governor (8 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, September 30)! In Monday’s one-hour debate, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Democrat of San Antonio, faces off with Sen. Dan Patrick, Republican of Houston, courting voters […]

A Telling Moment in the Gubernatorial Debate—Attorney General Abbott Prevaricates

In the first gubernatorial debate on September 19, Attorney General Greg Abbott tried mightily to misunderstand a question put to him by his opponent in the governor’s race, Sen. Wendy Davis. She asked if he would quit defending the indefensible school-finance system that has been held unconstitutionally inadequate and inequitable by a state district judge. […]

The Education Governor

The first gubernatorial debate between Sen. Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott confirmed that their differing views on public education will give voters a clear choice this November. Davis showed why she has earned Texas AFT’s backing as a candidate who has fought hard for restored education funding, universal access to pre-K, stopping the […]

SBOE Rejects Certification Board’s GPA Rule; Next Stop, State Legislature?

By a vote of 12 to 3, the elected State Board of Education on Friday vetoed a rule proposed by the appointed State Board for Educator Certification that would have reaffirmed the current requirement of a 2.5 GPA for admission to state-approved educator-preparation programs. Several SBOE members in the majority voiced the hope that the […]