Key Lawsuit Win on Teacher Evaluations; News on Vouchers, School Nurses and Retiree Health Care

Nurse-Staffing Notification, Community Schools, Employee Decision-Making, Accountability Bills Gain Ground:  HB 1847 by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), a good bill requiring parents to be notified when their child’s school does not have a school nurse available throughout the school day, won quick, unanimous approval in the House Public Education Committee yesterday. Strong testimony by school […]

Bruising Battles at the State Capitol, and Glimmers of Hope?

Immigration Police:  The Texas Legislature took a large step this week toward turning local police into federal immigration-law enforcers, as the House passed a version of so-called “sanctuary cities” legislation very similar to the version previously passed by the Senate. The bill in question, SB 4 by Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), includes college and university […]

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 […]