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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That bill was SB 313 by Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), which would have required the State Board of Education to review and … (read more…)
Common themes connected President Malfaro’s “State of the Union” address on … (read more…)
Last Friday, a dramatic 126-to-302 vote defeated a key part of the Fast Track package known as Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). This was a great victory led by working families against an array of TPP … (read more…)
The TPP is a proposed trade and investment deal … (read more…)
SB 1968 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) would have taken away the freedom of all education employees and nearly all other state and local public employees in … (read more…)
The next step for the budget before it goes to the governor is required certification by the comptroller that the state has the money to pay for … (read more…)
Legislature falls short (way short) on public education funding
At the beginning of the year there was a lot of talk from state leaders about prioritizing efforts to improve … (read more…)
HB 1842, a major bill altering school-turnaround policy, was loaded up with three bad amendments on the Senate floor after midnight last Tuesday aiming to privatize schools and nullify state safeguards of educational quality like class-size caps. We are pleased to report that two of those “zombie” amendments, based on bills that had already died in the House, are dead again as of … (read more…)
Judging by this budget, the top priorities this session plainly were tax cuts and … (read more…)