Voucher Bill Up for a Senate Vote—Write Your Letter in Opposition Now

One week ago Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) suddenly inserted a special-education voucher plan into HB 21, the important bill by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston) that would significantly increase school funding. Now Taylor’s Senate substitute for HB 21 could be voted on tomorrow, May 19, by the full Senate and sent back to the House as […]

School Funding Comes to a Vote in Texas House

–School Funding Comes to a Vote in Texas House –Senate Committee Puts Priority on More Money for Charters –State Board of Education Debates Science Standards School Funding Comes to a Vote:  Scheduled for state House floor consideration on Wednesday is HB 21, the bill by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston) to revise school-finance formulas and increase […]

Don’t restrict dues collections for Texas state employee unions

(Originally published, April 10, 2017, Dallas Morning News) Written by Micah Haley, Contributor The issue of union dues and payroll deduction for public employees is a subject I know a thing or two about. I have been a state employee, currently a unit supervisor in Texas Department of Criminal Justice parole division, for 20 years. […]

Thank You For Registering

Thanks for registering for the Texas AFT Convention 2017 Remember to mail your check (unless covered by your local) to: Texas AFT Convention Registration 3000 S. IH-35, Ste. 175 Austin, TX 78704 Regular registration fee: $75. Early bird registration fee if paid by May 15: $60. Professional Issues Day (1-day only): $40. All registration fees […]

Public School Proud Contest Voting

Choose your favorite #PublicSchoolProud entry on the survey below… Video Contest We only had one video entry, but it was extremely well-done, so give it your vote! Dr. Lori Mathis, Principal, Northside Business & Law Academy/Microsociety, DeSoto ISD “The Best Is Yet To Come” Art Contest Ms. Marie Alford, Art Teacher, Mary Carroll High School, Corpus […]

Show your love for your public schools!

Texas wants strong neighborhood public schools that are accessible to all children. Join our Texas AFT campaign to celebrate our strong public schools and honor our dedicated educators, students, and parents. Join our #PublicSchoolProud campaign today to share your story and support for public schools. Contest winners will receive a $250 Visa gift card and a pizza party for their students sponsored by Texas AFT.

Convention 2017

Make plans now to attend the Texas AFT Convention Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the El Paso Convention Center. In addition to official business and election of officers, the convention will include a professional issues day with numerous workshops available for professional development. All are welcome at Professional Issues Day!

Facts About HB 510 and SB 13

Your Voice: Use it or lose it! Here are some facts to consider: Membership and payroll deduction are entirely voluntary. Mandatory union membership is illegal in Texas. Every public employee in Texas who chooses to join and direct a portion of their earnings to pay for representation by an employee or professional organization does so […]

Convention 2017 Payment

Complete your registration for the Texas AFT Convention 2017by filling out the form below! (All payments must be received by June 2.) Powered by Eventbrite

Results of the Safe Schools Act Survey of 2016

Some 1,100 respondents answered our survey on safe schools issues and the Safe Schools Act from late August to early October of 2016. The responses highlighted that much needs to be done to educate school employees about the Safe Schools Act. You can start that process by downloading our Guide for Educators here and sharing it […]