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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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…)
The strong message of opposition to SB 1968—the bill to outlaw voluntary payroll deduction of most public employees’ organizational dues—seems to be getting through. There was no attempt to move the bill out of the House State Affairs Committee Friday, and … (read more…)