Speaking Up for Funding for Higher Education

Marathon hearings on funding for higher education have been under way in the state Senate Finance Committee Wednesday and Thursday. Texas AFT and allies in these hearings are making the case for key programs that enhance educational opportunities in both preK-12 and higher education. A highlight of Wednesday evening’s testimony came when representatives of the […]

Texas AFT Promotes College Funding, Scholarships for Educational Aides in State Budget Hearings

In recent testimony on state agencies’ budget requests, Texas AFT’s Government Relations team has seized the chance to urge investments in community colleges and in college scholarships for paraprofessionals seeking teaching degrees.  The testimony was delivered at joint hearings of the Legislative Budget Board staff and the staff of the Governor’s Budget Office. These hearings […]

Support Professionals: Advancing the Fight for Professional Voice

The winter 2015-2016 edition of the national AFT newsletter for paraprofessionals and school-related personnel marks another milestone in the efforts of AFT support professionals to have the dignity and importance of their work recognized in our education systems. Here’s a sampling from that publication of some of the developing ideas about what it means to recognize […]

New Funding for Tuition Exemption for Educational Aides Seeking Teaching Degree

The two-year budget bill passed by the legislature in May provides $1.5 million for tuition exemptions for educational aides who take courses toward teacher certification in a critical shortage subject area at Texas public institutions of higher education. Funding for this valuable program of need-based exemptions was zeroed out in the budget-slashing session of 2011, […]

Fatal School-Bus Crash in Houston Prompts Calls to Rethink and Retool Safety Policies

A deadly school-bus crash in Houston this week has prompted calls to rethink and retool both state and local bus-safety policies. The accident reportedly occurred when another vehicle veered into the Houston ISD school bus on an elevated roadway and caused it to plunge through a guardrail to the ground below. Two students were killed, […]

New Funding for Tuition Exemption for Educational Aides Seeking Teaching Degree

The two-year budget bill passed by the legislature in May provides $1.5 million for tuition exemptions for educational aides who take courses toward teacher certification in a critical shortage subject area at Texas public institutions of higher education. Funding for this valuable program of need-based exemptions was zeroed out in the budget-slashing session of 2011, […]

Restored: Scholarships for Educational Aides Seeking Teaching Degree

We are pleased to report that the budget bill signed by Gov. Abbott on June 20 will restore funding at long last for the program of tuition scholarships for educational aides who enroll in college courses to become teachers. This highly successful and effective program, whose budget was cut to zero in 2011, will receive […]

A Bit of Good News in the Budget Agreement—Tuition Scholarships for Educational Aides

A partial budget agreement announced by state House and Senate negotiators Wednesday afternoon reflected misplaced priorities on the biggest items at issue, but there was one bright spot. First, the bad news:  The House appeared to accept the Senate’s position on formula aid for school districts, which was well short of the overall increase proposed […]

Breaking news on fixing ESEA

By Randi Weingarten on April 22, 2015 This afternoon, Sens. Alexander and Murray—the chair and the ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee—announced that they had broken the logjam in Washington and unveiled a bipartisan bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind. […]