SBOE planning effort; Children’s health insurance at risk; AND A Texas educator’s take on the fight for immigrant rights

State Board of Education stakes claim as long-term education goal-setter:  The State Board of Education began work Tuesday on a Long-Range Plan for Public Education that would establish core goals for the public schools.  The first meeting of a new 18-member steering committee to advise the SBOE focused on models of long-range plans developed by other states. The committee is […]

State, national AFT leaders blast Trump move to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

State and national AFT leaders have issued strong statements against President Trump’s September 5 decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects more than 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children (including 120,000 in Texas). Trump’s executive action leaves a six-month window of opportunity for Congress to […]

“Show Me Your Papers” Immigration Bill Sent to Governor

The Legislature this week passed and sent to the governor what may be the most radical state law in the nation conscripting local police as immigration-law enforcers. SB 4 by Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) gives local police discretion to check the immigration status of anyone they detain for any reason. It would impose criminal and […]

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 […]

Immigration Front and Center at State Capitol

Even though immigration law enforcement is a federal responsibility, some at the Legislature want to conscript local police forces to serve as immigration law enforcers. The whole day in the Texas House on Wednesday, April 26, was taken up with debate on this issue, in the form of SB 4. Under this Senate bill, local […]

Taking a Stand on Controversial Immigration Bill in State Senate

Enforcing U.S. immigration laws is the job of the federal government, not state or local officials, and the feds cannot compel local law-enforcement officers to serve as immigration agents. However, that has not prevented repeated efforts in the Texas Legislature to conscript local police, as a matter of state law, to aid the federal Immigration […]

Gov. Abbott Announces Priorities in Upcoming “State of the State” Speech

On January 31 Gov. Greg Abbott will give his State of the State address to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate, outlining his priorities and likely designating matters he considers emergencies, a step that allows the Legislature to vote on them within the first 60 days of the session (i.e., before March […]

National Day of Action to Support Public Education

Texas AFT members will take part in a “National Day of Action” Thursday, January 19, as part of a nationwide series of events sponsored by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools . Activists across the nation will stand together to: Demand that our schools and campuses be safe places free from the threat of racism […]