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 […]

A Look at TEA’s Plans for Compliance with Every Student Succeeds Act

Come hell or high water, the process of mapping out the state’s implementation of federal requirements that replaced the No Child Left Behind Act goes on. Because of the disruptions caused by Hurricane Harvey, however, federal officials gave the Texas Education Agency some extra time to submit the state plan required by the successor federal […]

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 […]

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.”

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 […]