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 […]

They Can Run, But They Can’t Hide—Call Your U.S. Senators This Week About a Bad Health-Care Bill

Senators are home for July Fourth recess this week, and many Republican senators are refusing to hold town halls because they know voters are outraged over the cruel health-care bill their party leaders are trying to ram through the Senate. They can run, but they can’t hide. Call your senators’ state offices now and demand […]

Survey Question: How Would Proposed Federal Funding Cuts Affect Your School?

AFT President Randi Weingarten has a question for you:  How would your school and your community fare under the budget cuts in education proposed by President Trump? Some context:  The 2018 budget proposed by President Trump and Secretary DeVos is manifestly cruel to kids. It is catastrophic to the public schools our most vulnerable and at-risk students […]

Trump Administration Takes Backward Stance on Public Education Funding, Policy

While we have been fighting anti-public-school proposals in the Texas Legislature, there’s mischief afoot in the nation’s capital that demands our attention as well. President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have proposed an education budget that makes it clear they are out to get public education. In their quest to disinvest in public […]

Interactive Map Reveal Trump’s Devastating Budget Cuts

We all know that the Trump budget includes devastating cuts to public education, healthcare and public services. With the AFT’s new interactive map, you can easily see exactly how much funding each state can expect to lose in all three areas. For Texas, the losses are particularly sobering. For example, our state would lose $106 […]

Voucher Attacks on Public Education in U.S. Congress and Texas Legislature

A U.S. House committee voted on March 10 to renew the District of Columbia pilot voucher program, benefiting mostly parochial schools—a program with little to show for it educationally that remains the only federally funded voucher scheme in the country. The action by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sets the stage for eventual […]

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 […]

Tell U.S. Senate To Vote No on Anti-Public-Ed Nominee

You can help block a terrible appointee to the U.S. Department of Education. See AFT  President Randi Weingarten’s letter below explaining what is at stake. Late Monday, Senate Republicans delayed confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s nominee for secretary of education. This delay gives us a critical opportunity to increase pressure on the Senate […]

As U.S. Congress Reconvenes, AFT’s Weingarten Assesses Cabinet Picks Senate Will Consider

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s last New York Times column for 2016 featured a look ahead at the Cabinet choices of Donald Trump that the U.S. Senate will soon consider now that a new session of Congress has begun. Trump’s picks leave much to be desired, and that’s putting it mildly. Here’s how Weingarten put it: […]

Weingarten on Trump’s Pick for Top Education Job

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten minced no words in assessing president-elect Donald Trump’s pre-Thanksgiving selection of a wealthy political donor and voucher advocate from Michigan as his nominee for U.S. secretary of education. Weingarten said: The president-elect, in his selection of Betsy DeVos, has chosen the most ideological, anti-public education nominee put forward […]