Partnership with First Book continues with massive book giveaway in Houston Saturday

Thanks to a partnership between Texas AFT Houston-area unions, the American Federation of Teachers, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, and First Book, some 36,000 brand new books will be distributed to Houston-area elementary teachers Saturday. If you are an elementary teacher and would like to attend, make sure to sign up for free with First Book and read the important event details below. Over […]

Attack on health care stopped in its tracks; AND Check out the new issue of American Educator

Attack on Health Care Stopped in its Tracks:  Good work, Texas AFT activists! Thanks to your advocacy and that of many more like you nationwide, the U.S. Senate leadership has withdrawn its latest attempt to strip away affordable health care from millions of Americans. Here’s some of what AFT President Randi Weingarten had to say […]

Parents want well-funded neighborhood schools, not diversion of dollars to charters and vouchers

In a national Hart Research poll released today by the American Federation of Teachers, three in four public school parents say the public schools their children attend provide them with an excellent or good education. Some 79 percent of parents are satisfied with their children’s public schools when it comes to helping their children achieve […]

National Day of Action Draws Thousands of AFT Members to Support Public Education

(For more news and photos, see: Tens of thousands of parents, teachers, students and community members took action in more than 200 cities and towns across the country Jan. 19 as part of the #ReclaimOurSchools National Day of Action. The AFT is a partner in the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, which spearheaded the events. […]

AFT Scholarships Available

The AFT Porter Scholars Program is now accepting applications for 2017. The program offers two great opportunities for AFT members and their dependents. There is a one-time grant being awarded to ten members in the amount of $1,000 each; also available are four $8,000 scholarships for high school seniors who are dependents of active members […]

Share My Lesson Reaches Million-User Milestone

AFT reports that  earlier this month Share My Lesson—the only 100-percent free, online hub for educators and parents to share and find lesson plans, professional development and resources for instruction—has reached one million registered users nationwide, making it the most successful open education resource site for educators, by educators. Share My Lesson, created and powered by AFT, […]

AFT Rises to the Defense of NAACP Call for a Moratorium on Charter Expansion

The NAACP’s call for a moratorium on charter expansion (see October 18 Hotline) has triggered counterattacks by self-anointed education reformers, including some in the highest echelons of the U.S. Department of Education and on the editorial pages of some major news outlets. But the NAACP, one of the nation’s foremost civil-rights organizations,  struck a chord […]

Walk-Ins for Public Education Draw 100,000 People in More Than 200 Cities

In Texas and across the United States, 100,000 people in more than 200 cities took part in the latest—and by far the largest to date—wave of “walk-ins” to promote educational opportunity so that every child can attend a high-quality public school or university. At most events, occurring on or near October 6, supporters gathered outside […]

Texas AFT Wins National Support for Community School Efforts

The American Federation of Teachers today announced grants to fund community school initiatives in Texas and two other states to address children’s well-being and provide multiple pathways and diverse options to help them and their families succeed. The AFT Innovation Fund grants—$135,000 for each initiative—will kick-start community school efforts in Texas; Daly City, California; and […]