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 […]

First Day of School as Legislature Convenes for 140-Day Session

The action at the state Capitol on the first day of the 2017 legislative session was noteworthy mainly for what did not happen. There was literally no opposition to the re-election of House Speaker Joe Straus, who accordingly won 150 out of 150 votes. The meaning of the Straus re-election was apparent in his ensuing […]

Dan Patrick’s war on kids continues with ‘bathroom bill’

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a press conference today–along with state Senator Lois Kolkhorst–to announce Senate Bill 6 , which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools and other government buildings based on their “biological sex.” A significant segment of the business community has expressed dismay over the potential loss of business […]

Dan Patrick’s war on kids continues with ‘bathroom bill’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 5, 2017 CONTACT: Rob D’Amico (512-627-1343) Louis Malfaro, president of the 65,000-member Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, commented today on Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick unveiling Senate Bill 6 : Dan Patrick is waging a war on kids. Under Patrick’s lack of leadership, we’ve seen a failure to provide […]

Special Education survey reveals yet another example of how Texas is underfunding services to our most vulnerable children.

A Texas AFT statewide survey of Texas educators and parents highlights the barriers to Special Education services that many schoolchildren confront because school districts often lack the resources for evaluating and providing these students with the necessary educational services to which they are entitled by law.

AFT Scholarships Available

The AFT Porter Scholars Program is now accepting applications for 2017. The program offers two great opportunities for AFT members and their dependents. There is a one-time grant being awarded to ten members in the amount of $1,000 each; also available are four $8,000 scholarships for high school seniors who are dependents of active members […]

International Performance Study Points up What Works in Education

AFT President Randi Weingarten has some noteworthy observations about the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) 2015 survey of half a million students representing 15-year-olds in about 70 countries to gauge their knowledge and skills in math, reading, and science. First, for context, here’s how Education Week summarized the U.S. results:  “The nation’s 15-year-olds performed […]

Report Traces Persistence of Inequity in Case Study of Austin Schools

To hear some tell it, racial, ethnic, and gender inequities are a thing of the past.  But the reality is not so sanguine, as a new case study of the Austin public schools reminds us. Past and current policies in Austin “have created and maintained unequal opportunities and large disparities in child outcomes across race, ethnicity […]

Speaker Straus Not Keen on Vouchers or Bathroom Policies

House Speaker Joe Straus Tuesday threw cold water on a couple of ideas hotly pursued by the Senate’s presiding officer, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Straus said fixing school funding would be a House priority in the 2017 session, while imposing private-school vouchers and overriding local schools’ policies on accommodations for transgender students would not be. […]

Longer School Year: Band-Aid Solution to a Complicated Problem

AFT President Randi Weingarten sounds a cautionary note on proposals to extend the school year as a response to summer learning loss. Here’s here opinion piece on the issue from last week’s U.S. News and World Report: Giving children a fair chance to achieve their dreams and reach their potential is everyone’s responsibility. Unfortunately, not […]