Anti-Teacher Bill Meets Wall of Opposition from Public Employees and Allies in Texas Senate

Send an online letter to you legislators now! Be connected to your state senator’s office to urge them to vote no on SB 13! Teachers and other education employees were joined today by other groups of public employees in a solid wall of opposition to state legislation that would take away their freedom to have […]

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.

Texas Teacher of the Year for 2017 is Education Austin Member Allison Ashley

The 2017 Texas Teacher of the Year is Allison Ashley, a member of Texas AFT’s Austin ISD affiliate, Education Austin. Ashley teaches bilingual education at the school district’s Becker Elementary campus. The statewide teaching award was bestowed on her at a ceremony held in Austin today, making her the official Texas entrant in the competition […]

Repetition Compulsion? Federal Educator-Prep Rules Reflect Testing Obsession

Federal bureaucrats fighting a rear-guard action in defense of their discredited obsession with standardized testing may be exhibiting the symptoms of what Sigmund Freud called a “repetition compulsion”—a  compulsion to put oneself in situations where a past trauma is likely to repeat itself. Judging educators by the standardized test results of their students is a […]

The Teacher Pay Penalty

  A new report published today by the Economic Policy Institute bears a title that telegraphs its message: “The teacher pay gap is wider than ever.” Translation: “In 2015, public school teachers’ weekly wages were 17.0 percent lower than those of comparable workers—compared with just 1.8 percent lower in 1994. This erosion of relative teacher […]

Certification Board Proposes Higher Standards for Educator Preparation

On August 5 the State Board for Educator Certification took notable action to raise standards for educator preparation. SBEC members approved a rule proposal to create a new, tiered licensure model for teacher candidates employed as a paid teacher of record while completing their educator preparation program’s requirements. The proposal also calls for more support […]

As Teacher Shortage Intensifies, Loan Forgiveness Available in Some Fields

Texas public schools continue to add 80,000 to 85,000 pupils per year, a pace five times faster than enrollment growth nationwide. While teacher shortages are a national phenomenon, the booming student population in Texas makes the problem here even more acute. The challenge of recruiting and retaining sufficient numbers of properly qualified teachers also has […]

State Board Surveys Texans on Fixes for State Testing and School Ratings

Many educators, parents, and concerned citizens have spoken out against the misuse and overuse of standardized tests and test-based school ratings at a series of nine Community Conversations across the state prompted by State Board of Education chair Donna Bahorich of Houston. Now a lot more of us have a chance to weigh in via […]

Vouchers and More on State Senate’s Agenda for Upcoming Hearings

The Texas Senate Education Committee has added three more hearings to its interim agenda.  On August 16, the committee will hold a hearing on governance policies for school boards. Training for board members will be one focal point, especially as it relates to policies affecting schools rated low-performing. The committee also will consider the current […]

Student Debt Clinics

Let Texas AFT help save you money with our Student Debt Clinics in your area. Student debt is holding back millions of Americans, and Texas AFT is addressing it not only on a policy level, but one borrower at a time. We are holding student debt workshops that help individuals drop hundreds of dollars from […]