Texas Senate Sets 16 Bills for Monday Votes, Including Vouchers and Ban on Payroll Deduction

After a long weekend of rapid-fire hearings on a mostly awful array of bills, the Senate floor-vote calendar for Monday, July 24, lists 16 items of legislation, including private-school vouchers and a ban on payroll deduction for teachers and other public employees. The next Hotline will catch you up on the weekend hearings, especially the […]

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 […]

Bad Bills Headed for Hearings–Speak Out Against One Aiming to Silence You

Starting Friday, the Texas Senate will be holding rapid-fire hearings over three days in an effort to jam through a batch of bad proposals that have deservedly failed in past sessions. These include bills to enact private-school voucher subsidies (SB 2 on Friday in the Senate Education Committee) and to dictate discriminatory bathroom-use policies affecting […]

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 […]

Temperature Rising as Educators, Parents Rally for Public Schools on Eve of Special Session

Lt. Gov Dan Patrick and his enabler, Gov. Greg Abbott, are cranking up the rhetorical heat on state legislators to pass a passel of bad ol’ bills in the special session commencing tomorrow, July 18. They are using every chance they get to try to browbeat lawmakers into submission. These two misguided public officials want […]

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!

As New Battles Loom in Texas, a Bad Health-Care Bill in Congress Demands Your Response

With pre-filing of bills for next week’s special session of the Texas Legislature continuing at a rapid clip, we’ll soon be in the thick of battle in the state Capitol in Austin. Just today, for instance, we saw the filing of companion bills to take away your freedom to use your own paycheck as you […]

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 […]