Hot and Heavy Action on Education Issues at State Capitol All Weekend

Day-long debates Friday on vouchers and discrimination against transgender schoolchildren kicked off what promises to be a hot and heavy weekend of hearings on controversial Senate bills at the Texas Capitol. Also on tap for the weekend is a march for public education featuring a speech by Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro.  And we are providing you […]

State Senate’s Assault on Public Education Intensifies—Get Ready

After a stumbling start on July 18, the assault on public education led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is gathering momentum in the Texas Senate where he presides. At midnight tonight, Patrick expects to complete action on the one must-pass bill of the special session and then, with the help of an expansion of the […]

Special Session Opens, and Backers of Public Education Take a Stand—Add Your Voice  

The Texas Legislature today began a special 30-day session called by Gov. Greg Abbott to consider first a must-pass “sunset” bill to continue the existence of several professional licensing boards—and then to take up 20 more items on the governor’s wish list, including many affecting public schools. The governor wants, among other things, to pass […]

Reflections on the rally for public education:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2017 CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Texans are fed up with the destructive course plotted by Abbott and Patrick   Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro commented today on the rally for public education at the state Capitol: Today’s rally for public education is yet another clear sign that Texans are fed […]

Time for them to get off the toilet…

Gov. Abbott’s call for a special session is long on diversions and distractions but short on the state funding needed to make real headway on neglected priorities: school finance, education employees’ pay and benefits, and property-tax relief. Act now to help legislators get their priorities straight!

Lieutenant Governor’s Proposals on School Finance, Teacher Pay Don’t Add Up

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced today a batch of proposals for the special session that he claimed would improve teacher pay and benefits while improving school funding. He spoke of how important teachers are and said he wanted to see average teacher pay go up by $8,000, wanted teachers to receive “longevity bonuses” of $600 […]

Dan Patrick’s unfunded plan for school finance and teacher pay is not a serious proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2017 CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro commented today on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s proposals on increased school funding and teacher pay: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s numbers just didn’t add up to a serious school-finance plan today as he threw out a flurry of proposals for increased […]

Summer Reading to Get You Ready for a Hot Special Session of the Legislature

An opinion piece published last month in the Big Bend Sentinel explains why friends of public education will be coming to Austin to put some heat on state lawmakers when the Legislature convenes July 18 for a special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott. The op-ed by one Lonn Taylor belongs in the “minces no […]

Survey Question: How Would Proposed Federal Funding Cuts Affect Your School?

AFT President Randi Weingarten has a question for you:  How would your school and your community fare under the budget cuts in education proposed by President Trump? Some context:  The 2018 budget proposed by President Trump and Secretary DeVos is manifestly cruel to kids. It is catastrophic to the public schools our most vulnerable and at-risk students […]

Setting the Record Straight on the Death of a Good School-Finance Bill in Regular Session

A recent, hard-hitting article from Fort Bend ISD board president Kristin Tassin tells how a poison pill administered by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick killed a good school-finance bill, HB 21 by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston), in the regular session of the Texas Legislature that ended last month. We reprint Tassin’s widely published article here for […]