House accepts stripped-down Senate school-funding bill with TRS-Care cost relief, then shuts down special session

The Texas House voted 94 to 46 this evening to accept a stripped-down Senate version of HB 21 on school funding. The Senate amendments to HB 21 eliminated $1.5 billion of the $1.8 billion in the House-passed version, completely eliminating the main sources of any new aid to cash-strapped urban districts–a proposed increase in 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 […]

Send a Message to the U.S. Education Secretary—Oppose This Cruel and Catastrophic Budget

Please join tens of thousands of AFT members who already have answered the call to speak out against the disastrous education budget proposal from the Donald Trump administration. Send your e-letter now to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to renounce this retrograde plan. Just look at what the Trump/DeVos budget proposes: While Trump […]

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 […]