Thanks to all who have donated!

We appreciate the support of all or our members and friends who have donated to the Texas AFT Disaster Relief Fund to help those hurt by Hurricane Harvey. (Note: this list doesn’t include those who donated to our national affiliate. We appreciate your help as well!) AFT New Mexico AFT New Jersey Aneesah Abdus-Shakur Jamie Acree […]

Texas AFT Round-Up: News on free school supplies, hurricane relief, TRS retiree health care changes

AFT joined First Book and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Wednesday to launch the Essentials for Kids Fund, a national initiative that will provide books, educational resources and basic-needs items for educators and their students in districts where the public schools are severely underfunded. As part of the launch, Essentials for Kids will deliver brand-new books and basic necessities, in coordination with first responders, educators and volunteers, to areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Help educators impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has left a path of devastation throughout the Texas Gulf Coast, while relentless rains have flooded many other areas. Texas AFT has a long history of assisting members in need, including relief from hurricanes and the Bastrop fires–events to which our members responded quickly with donations to our Disaster Relief Fund. Now it’s time to step up and answer the call for help again.

Round-Up: August 25, 2017

Texas AFT today launched a new email (published every two weeks) to highlight news from our union, our members, and events affecting our profession and public education. You can read the web version and subscribe here.

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 […]

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 […]