The everyday heroes of the hurricanes

Today’s Hotline is a repost of AFT President Randi Weingarten’s column featured in the New York Times and Huffington Post. It highlights the remarkable efforts of our union members in assisting educators impacted by the hurricanes. Alseen Bell’s cell phone rang as she stood in the living room of her flood-ravaged home, surveying the devastation left behind by […]

News on Mexican-American studies, high school voter registration and AFT’s efforts to help Houston schools hurt by the hurricane

Mexican-American Studies Text Awaiting State Board’s Okay:  What a difference a year makes in the story of textbook selection for the subject of Mexican-American studies at the State Board of Education. Last year a unanimous SBOE voted against adoption of a proposed text that came under withering attack from scholars over factual errors and reinforcement […]

Senate panel rejects Trump’s blueprint for cuts, vouchers

Our counterparts on the national AFT communications and legislative teams are keeping careful track of developments in Congress affecting funding for education. School districts in Texas and across the United States depend on federal funding for a significant part of their budgets. This year the flow of federal aid has been threatened by budget proposals […]

AFT launches “Essentials for Kids” to provide free supplies to schools: Educators and kids affected by Hurricane Harvey will be initial focus

See below for information on how to apply. The American Federation of Teachers, First Book, and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Wednesday launched a targeted effort to deliver brand-new books and basic-needs items, in coordination with first responders, educators and volunteers, to areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The partners simultaneously announced the Essentials for […]

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 […]

Texas AFT convention highlights: Randi Weingarten speaks to the value of community schools in a “toxic” state and national environment

Texas AFT held its biennial convention–with the theme of “Public School Proud”–last weekend in El Paso. The convention included the usual business of electing statewide officers and deciding on resolutions to guide the union in the coming years. (Louis Malfaro was re-elected as president by acclamation, and Ray McMurrey was re-elected as secretary treasurer by acclamation.) The […]

Texas AFT Convention Kicks Off Today

Stay tuned for news from our biennial convention, which kicks off today at the El Paso Convention Center. Highlights of the convention include a panel on community schools, a day of professional issues workshops, a keynote speech from AFT President Randi Weingarten, and election of state officers. You can follow all the action on Facebook […]

Watch What They Do, Not Just What They Say

With ill-conceived plans to divert public funds to private schools incubating at both the federal and state levels in the name of “school choice,” AFT President Randi Weingarten recently issued a timely reminder that it is deeds, not words, that ultimately count. Here is how she applied this principle to the words and deeds of […]

You Can Help Block a Bad Choice for U.S. Education Secretary–Act Now

Breaking: Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced that they will vote NO on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos. Your senator could cast the vote to block DeVos. On Wednesday, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced that they will vote NO on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos for secretary of […]