State Board Approves Evidence-Based Science Standards; Legislative News on Charters, the Budget and More

State Board Approves Evidence-Based Science Standards:  For the first time in years, state standards for science instruction will be free of loaded language inserted to promote a creationist critique of the science behind the theory of evolution. That’s the upshot of a debate and vote at the State Board of Education this week, in which […]

Update on Social Security Fairness

A U.S. House committee decided not to vote last week on a bill to modify and partially replace the Windfall Elimination Provision, one of two Social Security benefit offsets that adversely affect our members’ retirement security. Currently the WEP offset can take away up to $428 a month of Social Security benefits earned by a […]

Message to Congress: Support Social Security Fairness

If you agree Congress owes a fair shake to public employees injured by unjust Social Security offsets cutting their retirement benefits, we encourage you to  send a letter via the Texas AFT action page calling on Congress to enact the full repeal of the Windfall Elimination Provision and the similarly harsh Government Pension Offset that […]

Need to Repeal Unfair Social Security Offsets

Congressman Kevin Brady, Republican of The Woodlands, held a press conference in Houston on March 29 to highlight the need for repeal of the Windfall Elimination Provision, which he deems unfair and in need of replacement. Rep. Brady is certainly right about the unfairness of the WEP, which cuts duly earned Social Security benefits earned […]

Tell Congress: Support Social Security Fairness

If you agree that there is no substitute for Social Security fairness for public employees injured by unjust Social Security offsets cutting their retirement benefits, we encourage you to  send a letter via the Texas AFT action page calling on Congress to enact the full repeal of the Windfall Elimination Provision and the similarly harsh […]

Congressional Hearing on Offsets That Hit Public Employees under Social Security

The Windfall Elimination Provision under Social Security can cut earned retirement benefits by up to $428 a month for Texas teachers and other public employees. The WEP hits those who get a state or local pension for work not covered by Social Security, even though they have qualified for Social Security separately through other employment […]

Take Action to Repeal Unfair Social Security Offsets

Send your letter to Congress now! On March 22 the U.S. House Social Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing spotlighting the impact of two harsh offsets that cut Social Security retirement benefits for public employees in more than a dozen states—the Government Pension Offset of spousal benefits and the so-called Windfall Elimination Provision. But the […]

Congressional Hearing Spotlights Unfair Social Security Pension Offsets

A hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Social Security next Tuesday will spotlight an issue of great concern to Texas school employees and other public employees in more than a dozen states. That issue is the unfair impact of the so-called Windfall Elimination Provision, which currently can cut up to $423 a month from […]