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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October 19-25 is Safe Schools Week—an initiative of the Texas Education Agency and the Texas School Safety Center to “to develop robust emergency operations plans for a wide range of possible emergencies, whether … (read more…)
Mark down Friday, October 17, as a new milestone in the long debate over how to meet the state’s obligations to pay for health-insurance coverage for active and retired school employees. On this date the Texas Teacher Retirement … (read more…)
One of the scheduled witnesses will be former state Rep. Dee Margo, an El Paso Republican who is now president of the state-appointed board of … (read more…)
We owe it to ourselves, … (read more…)
A special committee hearing on transportation funding turned into a broader discussion of the future of the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, also known less formally as the Rainy Day Fund.
A joint hearing of House … (read more…)
The community-school approach involves not only a full array of educational services for students but also access to a network of support services for … (read more…)
First, Gov. Rick Perry has named a state task force to assess the state’s preparedness and capacity to respond to infectious disease. Among the state officials on the task force is Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. As … (read more…)
In my visits to classrooms from Meriden, Conn., to Melbourne, Australia, and from Houston, Texas, to Helsinki, Finland, I see teachers who care deeply about their students and the mighty responsibilities of their job. No matter where in the world an … (read more…)
Davis, the Democratic … (read more…)
First, on Friday in his capacity as attorney general Abbott continued his defense of the indefensible school budget cuts and … (read more…)
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 in the contest for lieutenant governor. In Patrick’s … (read more…)