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 […]

Worse Than You Could Imagine—the Trump Nominee for Secretary of Education

We already knew that Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, would be a problem for America’s schoolchildren. She has used her vast wealth to drive for privatization of K-12 education and has fought efforts to hold private operators accountable for the quality of their publicly funded educational services in her home state […]

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 […]

Special Education Survey Highlights the Harmful Results of Underfunding Our Schools

Thanks to all of you who took the time to take our survey on Special Education services. We published the results of the survey in a news release to media today. The survey received considerable coverage in a Houston Chronicle article in which TEA Commissioner Mike Morath repeats his pledge to end a “Texas Education Agency policy that has […]

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.

Special-Education Students Need Services, Not Vouchers

A series of listening sessions held by federal education officials has turned up evidence of serious concerns about shortcomings in services for special-education students. The hearings, which conclude with a session in Austin Thursday evening, were prompted by reports that school districts, under pressure from the state to cap the number of students in special […]

USDOE Schedules Listening Sessions on Concerns over Special Education Services

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education has scheduled several “Listening Sessions” in Texas next week to “provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on the timely identification and evaluation of students with disabilities, as well as the delivery of special education and related services to all eligible children.” The move […]

Message to Feds: Commit to Student Success in Public Schools—Add Your Name

We urge you to sign onto a joint letter from the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers demanding that our secretary of education and every elected official respect and uphold the American vision for high-quality public schools for every single student. You’ll find the joint letter drafted by NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia […]

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 […]

Tell U.S. Department of Education: Don’t Destabilize Successful Schools!

Please join fellow AFT members around the nation in urging the U.S. Department of Education to support struggling schools without destabilizing successful schools. While we appreciate the intent of the Department’s proposed rules requiring that federal aid be used to “supplement, not supplant” state and local funding for schools, the proposal needs to be fixed […]