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 […]

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 […]

The History Wars: Update on SBOE Action

A considerably diluted resolution complaining about new College Board guidelines for Advanced Placement U.S. history courses passed by a vote of 8 to 4 at the State Board of Education on September 19. The majority sought to reproach the College Board for insufficient positive emphasis on American ideals of liberty and free enterprise and too […]

Standards for Entry into Educator Preparation Debated at State Board of Education

In 2013 the state legislature passed a bill calling for a small increase in the grade point average generally required for entry into an educator-preparation program. But last month the gubernatorial appointees on the State Board for Educator Certification balked at raising the required GPA to 2.75 from the current 2.5. After hearing from private […]