Special-Ed Vouchers to Get a Hearing; Community Schools Would Gain State Backing under Key Bill

Special-ed Vouchers to Get a Hearing in House Committee:  Despite the big House majority vote (103 to 44) against any form of voucher funding in SB 1, the budget bill, the House Public Education Committee will give a hearing to two voucher bills on Thursday, April 27. Both bills are by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) […]

Support Community Schools–Email Your State Lawmakers Now

SB 193 and HB 3861 would give a struggling campus more time to meet state requirements if a community-school initiative is developed and implemented. Last session similar bills drew strong bipartisan support, passing in the House and passing unanimously in Senate committee. Tell your legislators to please support enhanced teaching and learning by supporting SB […]

Texas AFT Members and Allies Rally for Lobby Day at State Capitol

More than 2,000 Texas AFT members and allies from across Texas rallied on the front steps of the Texas Capitol Monday and brought their strong grass-roots presence to bear in scores of visits with individual legislators. They came together in support of a strong, proactive agenda for public education and the schoolchildren and higher-ed students […]

Sen. Garcia Pre-Files Bill to Promote Community Schools

Sen. Sylvia Garcia has pre-filed for the 2017 state legislative session a bill recognizing that community schools constitute a proven measure to improve schools. Community schools are developed by parent-teacher-community partners who come together to identify and marshal the services the students at a campus and their families need to support academic success. This model […]

Innovation grants help fund Texas community schools efforts

The American Federation of Teachers in September 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; […]

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 […]

Report Ranks Texas Near Bottom in Child Well-Being

There is little for Texans to cheer about in the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In this year’s report on various dimensions of child well-being, Texas continues to rank among the bottom 10 states—number 43, to be exact, two notches down from where the state ranked last year.  Improvements […]

Texas AFT Locals Hold “Walk-Ins” for Full-Service Community Schools

Texas AFT local affiliates in Austin ISD, Houston ISD, and Dallas ISD are taking part in a National Day of Action on February 17 to promote community schools with a novel tactic. They are conducting campus “walk-ins” alongside school officials and community allies to show support for the community-school model of sustainable school improvement, involving […]

Texas AFT Testimony Supports Community Schools, Better Achievement Measures

The Texas House Public Education Committee held a hearing Tuesday on how to improve middle schools and how to assess high-performing students. Texas AFT legislative spokesman Ted Melina Raab offered testimony on both topics, touting community schools as a successful school-improvement model and urging adoption of better achievement measures to replace the current, test-driven accountability […]