Congress tries again to gut health care—don’t let them get away with it

Key players in the U.S. Senate are making a last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip millions of their health insurance. Don’t let them get away with it. The decisive vote on this bad proposal is likely to occur next week. The Graham-Cassidy bill is being sold as a compromise—but it’s not. It’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Texas AFT reaches lawsuit settlement with TEA Commissioner Mike Morath on teacher evaluation requirements

Now, as part of a negotiated settlement to the Texas AFT lawsuit, the commissioner has agreed to strike from state rules any reference to specific measures of student performance, including so-called “value-added data based on student state assessment results.”

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 […]

It’s Recess Time for the U.S. Congress: A Perfect Time to Speak Up on Issues Important to You

AFT President Randi Weingarten sent out a reminder today to take advantage of a recess of the U.S. Congress to pressure your rep in Congress and our two state Senators about the priorities of educators and working families: This week, members of Congress will be in their home districts. It’s up to us to make […]

You Can Help Block a Bad Choice for U.S. Education Secretary–Act Now

Breaking: Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced that they will vote NO on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos. Your senator could cast the vote to block DeVos. On Wednesday, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced that they will vote NO on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos for secretary of […]