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TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2010, Back-to-School Sales-Tax Holiday, August 20-22 2010-08-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2010, National Board Certification in Texas; Outreach to Parents and Community 2010-08-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2010, Assessing Charter Schools 2010-08-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2010, Keep After the Governor To Accept Federal Aid Meant for Your School District! 2010-08-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2010, TRS Board Hears Proposals to Change Law on Employment After Retirement, Cost of Purchasing Service Credit; Texas AFT Opposes Certification Board’s Proposed Changes in Educators’ Code of Ethics 2010-08-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2010, Push to Get New Job-Saving Federal Aid to Texas School Districts–Signs of Movement? You Can Help 2010-08-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2010, Texas AFT Testifies at Texas House Hearing on TRS Issues 2010-08-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2010, Federal Education-Jobs Aid Passes; Gov. Perry Should Accept It Without Delay 2010-08-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 2010, Key Vote Tomorrow in U.S. House–Call Congress to Save Education Jobs; AFT Fights Abuse of Teachers Recruited From Philippines 2010-08-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 2010, Governor Threatens to Reject Job-Saving Federal Education Aid, For No Good Reason; Upcoming in the Hotline: School-Ratings Dispute Points to Deeper Accountability Flaws; Teacher Loan Forgiveness: TEA 2010-08-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2010, Fast U.S. House Action Planned on Job-Saving Education Aid After Senate Breakthrough; TEA Puts Education Job Bank on the Web; President Obama: “If I Was a Teacher, I’d Want a Union” 2010-08-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010, Finally, A Breakthrough in Congress for Job-Saving Education Aid 2010-08-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 2010, Action Alert: Tell Lawmakers There Is “The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Handle the State Revenue Crisis” 2010-08-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010, Action Item: Help Needed Now from Your Family and Friends; Investing State School Fund in Charter-School Facilities–Bad Idea; Hotline Holiday 2010-07-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010, Texas Senate Hearing on “Teacher Quality” Recapped 2010-07-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010, Texas Senate’s Tilted Hearing on “Teacher Quality” Tomorrow; “Teach for America” Program Evaluated 2010-07-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010, Personnel Changes on Texas Senate Education Panels; State Program for At-Risk Students Axed 2010-07-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2010, Dollars for Education Jobs, Pell Grants at Issue in Senate; Voters Want Curriculum Set By Teachers and Scholars; U.S. House Panel Keeps Scaled-Down “Race to the Top” Alive 2010-07-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2010, House-Approved Aid to Save Education Jobs, Pell Grants, Needs U.S. Senate Action–Fast 2010-07-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010, Survival in Doubt for State Accountability Ratings Based on “Projected” Test Scores 2010-07-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010, AFT President Re-elected, Delegates Set Policy Direction at Seattle Convention 2010-07-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010, AFT Reaches 1.5-Million-Member Milestone; Texas AFT Tops 65,000 2010-07-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010, AFT Leader Outlines Plan: “Fight Hard, Fight Smart” to Save Public Education “As It Ought To Be” 2010-07-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010, State Democratic and Republican Party Platforms Compared on Education Issues 2010-07-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010, Breakthrough in U.S. House For Bill to Save Education Jobs! 2010-07-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010, Save Education Jobs and Keep College Affordable–Call Your U.S. House Member in Support of Emergency Aid 2010-07-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010, AG Says Districts Can’t Backtrack on Local Salary Steps in 2010-2011; State Accountability System Comes Under Fire at Texas House Hearing 2010-06-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010, Court Backs Texas AFT on Truth-in-Grading Law: Minimum-Grade Policies Ruled Illegal 2010-06-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010, Federal Aid to Save Education Jobs, Repackaged, Could Be Voted on This Week; Texas AFT Summer Leadership Conference Under Way 2010-06-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010, House Pension Panel Reviews Higher-Ed Health Benefit Cuts, TRS-Regulated Individual Retirement Accounts 2010-06-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010, Urgent Message to the President of the United States 2010-06-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010, Recommended Reading for Educators 2010-06-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010, Certification Board Puts Off Action on Questionable Amendments to Code of Ethics; TRS Budget Proposal Asks for Higher State Pension Contribution 2010-06-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010, Focus on Special Education at State Senate Hearing 2010-06-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010, While Congress Fiddles, State and Local Budget Cuts Kill School Jobs, Programs 2010-06-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010, Cuts Imperil Goals for Higher Education–Answer AFT Survey; Texas AFT Leader Honored by Humanitarian Group 2010-06-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010, Say No to Education Budget Cuts and Layoffs–Sign the Petition Now; Vote for Your Everyday Hero 2010-06-12
EXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010, Help Congress See the Light on Emergency Aid to State and Local Governments; New Issue of American Educator Calls for Education Renaissance 2010-06-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010, School Districts’ Lawsuit Over State Law on Grading Draws Fire From Bill’s Author 2010-06-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010, “THE TEACHERS’ UNIONS’ LAST STAND?” THINK AGAIN 2010-06-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010, Crunch Time in Congress for Job-Saving Aid to School Districts: Action Needed Now! 2010-06-07
Action Alert: Tell Congress to co-sponsor legislation that will prevent the worst school cuts in 50 years. 2010-06-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010, State leadership directs agencies to find deep cuts with budget shortfall looming–Texas AFT urges balanced approach 2010-05-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010, AFT Makes the Case for Congressional Action to Prevent Layoffs in Public Education; State Housing Fund Announces New Round of Low-Cost Mortgage Help for Educators 2010-05-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2010, State Shifts Health-Care Costs onto Higher-Education Employees, Retirees; Key Votes Expected Soon in Congress on Bills to Save Education Jobs 2010-05-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010, Act Now to Save Jobs 2010-05-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010, AFT Members: Nominate Your Everyday Heroes by May 29; Dual Credit Examined at Senate Education Hearing 2010-05-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010, Message to State Board: Say No to Substandard Standards for Social Studies; E-Mail Congress: Schools Need Aid; AFT Leader Asks a Good Question: Why Bailouts for Wall Street But No Help For Schools? 2010-05-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010, State Budget Cuts Hit Public Education; State Board of Education Holds Hearing–Are Board Members Listening?; Saving Jobs in Public Education–E-Mail Congress Now 2010-05-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010, Action Needed Now, Part One: Send a Message to the State Board of Education–“Virtual Rally” For Better Social-Studies Standards; Action Needed Now, Part Two: Call Congress to Support Job-Saving Aid 2010-05-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010, Texas AG ignores legislative history, claims law bars school employees’ voluntary deductions for their own political fund–Are Charitable Deductions Next? 2010-05-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010, Fight Over Curriculum Guidelines for Social Studies Coming to a Head; Urgently Needed: Budget Boost to Preserve Educational Quality 2010-05-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010, Inequity in School Finance–New Lawsuit Brewing; Tax Break for Facilities Leased to Charter Schools–Some Issues 2010-05-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010, State Budget Options–Plenty of Alternatives to “Significant Cuts”; Senate Finance Hearing–Texas AFT Opposes Arbitrary Spending Limits 2010-05-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010, Talk of Need for “Significant Cuts” at Capitol Ignores $9 Billion Available in Rainy Day Fund; More Wins for Texas AFT Locals in Advocacy and Election Campaigns 2010-05-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010, Texas AFT Locals Makes an Impact on Issues and at the Polls 2010-05-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010; They Said It: “Schools Control Only a Small Part of What Goes Into Test Scores”; What About “the Remaining 17 Hours of the Day?” 2010-05-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010; Teachers, School Employees Not Alone in Rejecting “Test and Punish” Mindset 2010-05-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE-WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010 2010-05-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010, AFT Takes the Initiative on Teacher-Effectiveness Debate in Congress–and Budget Crisis 2010-05-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010, Texas AFT Locals Hit Back Against Violation of Teachers’ Right to Planning Time; Pink Hearts, Not Pink Slips 2010-05-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010, Commissioner’s Review of Rules Opens Possibility of Significant Changes in Key Policies 2010-05-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2010, Texas AFT Defends Safe Schools Act at Hearing on Student Discipline 2010-05-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010, State Board of Education Urged to Slow Down, Get Social-Studies Standards Right 2010-04-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010, Judge Rules That Austin School District Illegally Transferred Teacher for Union Activities 2010-04-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010, Texas AFT Goes to Court in Defense of New Law Barring Minimum-Grade Policies; Teacher Takes on School District Over Retaliation and Wins 2010-04-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010, TRS Update: Pension Fund Rebounding; Top Official Announces He’s Retiring; Contact Congress Now: The Students and the Jobs You Save May Be Your Own 2010-04-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010, Special Panel on School Finance Needs to Keep Focus on Big Picture–An Underfunded System 2010-04-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010, Middle Schools and Dropout Prevention 2010-04-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010, Scholars Find U.S. “Race to the Top” Program Deficient 2010-04-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010, Action Needed Now: Ask Your U.S. Senators to Support the Keep Our Educators Working Act 2010-04-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010, Upcoming State Hearings on Middle Schools, Higher Education, School Finance; Teacher Leaders’ Message to U.S. Education Secretary Duncan 2010-04-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010, Florida Governor Puts Stop to Latest State-Level Assault on Teachers–Lawmakers, Take Note; AFT Leader Tells U.S. Senate How to Improve Teaching–and How Not To 2010-04-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010, State Education Commissioner Pushes for “Flexibility” in Rules Governing School Districts; Key Federal Lawmaker Proposes $23 Billion in New Aid to Avert School Layoffs; Runoff Results 2010-04-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010, Reinterpreting “Highly Qualified” Standard for Elementary Single-Subject Teachers 2010-04-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010, April 13 Runoffs Decide Five Key Texas House Races–If You’re Eligible, Vote!; Update from the Certification Board 2010-04-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010, The Assault on Teachers: Florida Legislative Fight a Preview of What’s to Come 2010-04-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010, “Public flogging of teachers continues” 2010-04-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010, Bad for Kids, Unfair to Teachers: Budget Cuts, Layoffs, “Mandate Relief” 2010-04-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010, The Respect Project 2010-04-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2010, Early Voting Begins for April 13 Runoffs; Accountability Debate in Higher Education–AFT Launches Web Site; Certification Issues–Texas Education Agency Announces “Live Chat” Online 2010-04-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010, Rising Costs/Budget Squeeze Threaten Higher-Ed Employees’ ERS Health Plan; Early Voting in Runoff Elections Starts Monday, April 5–Texas AFT Endorses Five for Texas House; Next Hotline: April 5 2010-04-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MARCH 31, 2010, Legislators Blast State Board of Education for Mangling Social-Studies Standards; Unfair Distribution of Experienced, Top-Quality Principals Cited; Spreading the Word on Educational Aide Scholarships 2010-04-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010, AFT Alternative Proposals for Rewrite of NCLB Contrast Sharply With Obama “Blueprint” 2010-04-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010, Teacher Incentive Fund: Texas AFT Comments on Proposed Conditions for Federal Aid 2010-03-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010, Supporting At-Risk Students in High School 2010-03-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010, AFT President Comments on Completion of Health-Care Bill; Health-Care Reform’s Impact on You? Have Your Say; Texas AFT Opposes a Change in Rules for State-Funded Performance Pay 2010-03-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010, Special State Committee Starts Review of Problems in School Finance 2010-03-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010, Charter Boosterism or Charter Reform?; One More Lap for Health-Care Reform–Thank House Members, and on to the Senate 2010-03-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010, Texas Charter Schools–Mixed Reviews; Health-Care Reform Passes U.S. House–a Big Step, Not the Last Step 2010-03-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010, Crucial Health-Care Vote Set for Sunday in U.S. House–Call, Write Your Member of Congress Now! 2010-03-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010, White House Blueprint for Education Policy Questioned at Congressional Hearings 2010-03-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2010, District of Columbia Voucher Extension Defeated in U.S. Senate; State Legislative Hearings Next Week on Charter Schools, School Finance, Budget Woes, Fair Taxation 2010-03-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010, U.S. Senate Shenanigans: Vouchers, Spending Caps, Who Knows What Else; Have Your Say: Obama Blueprint for Rewriting No Child Left Behind Act 2010-03-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010, State Board of Ideology; Obama’s Flawed Blueprint for Redoing No Child Left Behind 2010-03-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010, Update on the State Board of Education: Social Studies, Charter Schools; Must-Read Book: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education; Social Security Unfairness–Where We Stand 2010-03-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010, AFT Leader Debunks Teacher Scapegoating; Federal Job-Saving Bill Could Help Texas Schools Avoid Layoffs; Lieberman Voucher Amendment Pulled Down; State Board of Education Update 2010-03-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2010, Texas AFT Testifies on Social-Studies Standards; Texas Education Agency Rebukes Fox News Over Coverage of Standards Debate 2010-03-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010, SBOE Deals This Week with Social-Studies Standards, Charter Schools; U.S. Senate Education Committee Hears Testimony on Rewriting No Child Left Behind 2010-03-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010, State Budget Difficulties Put Lawmakers to the Test 2010-03-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010, Rewriting No Child Left Behind 2010-03-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010, ACTION ALERT! Call on Sens. Cornyn, Hutchison to Vote “NO” on Vouchers Today 2010-03-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010, Better News from Central Falls High–Ground Zero of Teacher Scapegoating; Eye on Congress: U.S. House Passes Bill Regulating Use of Seclusion, Restraint at School 2010-03-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010, Election Results: Most Candidates Endorsed By Texas AFT Win Primary Contests, Including All in Statewide Races; Four Contests Headed for Runoffs; National AFL-CIO Condemns Mass Firing of Teachers 2010-03-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010, Get Out and Vote in Tomorrow’s Primary; Texas AFT’s Endorsed Candidates for Statewide Office; AFT Calls Out White House Over Teacher Scapegoating 2010-03-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2010, An Injury to One is an Injury to All–Fight Back Against a Mass Firing of Teachers 2010-02-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010, TRS Update–Health Plans, Investment Gains, Possible Policy Changes; Perspectives on Charter Schools 2010-02-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010, Higher Education in Focus at Texas House Hearing–Texas AFT Sheds Light on Scholarships for Educational Aides; State Senate Panel Looks at Schools’ Flu Response, Receives Texas AFT Testimony 2010-02-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, Reports of “Looming Insolvency” of TRS-Care Retiree Health Plan; Have Your Say on Use of Student Data to Improve Learning; Act Now–Urge U.S. Senate to Back Aid for States/Districts 2010-02-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010, State Senate’s Education Committee Launches Debates on Class Size, Accountability, Funding 2010-02-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010, Commissioner’s Decision Overturning a Termination Helps Define Law on Use of Physical Force With Students 2010-02-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010, U.S. House Hearings to Begin on Reform of No Child Left Behind Act; Texas House Hearing on Higher Education Coming Up Wednesday; Commissioner’s Powers Grow–Passing Standards, Incentive Pay 2010-02-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2010, Higher TRS-ActiveCare Rates on TRS Board Agenda Next Week; TRS and TEA Respond to Budget-Cutting Directive from State Leaders 2010-02-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, Early Voting Begins Today in March 2 Primary; State Senate Panel Holds Hearing Next Monday on Education Costs, Accountability; Court Hearing Set for March 8 in Lawsuit on State Grading Policy 2010-02-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010, March Primary Endorsements in Contested Races Announced by Texas AFT on Eve of Early Voting 2010-02-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010, Local in San Antonio Leads Innovation Via In-District Charter; Election News Monday; Early Voting in Primaries Starts Tuesday; Nurse Acquitted on Felony Charge for Protecting Patients 2010-02-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2010, State’s Failure to Apply for Federal “Race to the Top” Grants Debated; Houston ISD Misuses Test-Based, “Value-Added” Teacher Evaluation 2010-02-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2010, Texas Sales Tax Hits Most Goods, Misses Most Services–Does That Make Sense?; Federal “Education Stabilization” Funding and “Race to the Top” Grants 2010-02-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2010, Budget Angst Tempts Districts to Declare Financial Emergency, Propose Layoffs; Early Warning: TRS-ActiveCare Premium Increase Expected in September 2010-02-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2010, TRS Retiree Advisory Group Hears Update, Proposals on Retirees’ Health-Care Plan; Mortgage Loans for Texas Educators 2010-02-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2010, New Research Exposes Weaknesses in Texas Accountability System 2010-02-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2010, At Legislative Hearing, Texas AFT Urges Student-Focused Reform of Testing and Accountability, Calls for Full-Time Nurse Staffing for Schools 2010-02-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, Upcoming State Hearings on Education, Economy, Taxation; Valentine’s Day Project: Fighting Child-Labor Abuses 2010-02-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2010, Replacing NCLB–More on the Obama Administration’s Plans 2010-02-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2010, White House Education Budget Plan for Fiscal Year 2011; Conflict Looming Over New Attempt to Rewrite No Child Left Behind; AFT Resources for Black History Month 2010-02-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2010, Report on Teacher Quality Misses the Mark in Texas; To Vote in March 2 Primary Elections, Register to Vote by February 1 2010-01-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2010, Evaluation’s Role in Teacher Development–AFT Solicits Your Views; Federal Update: Health Care, Education Budget, Rewriting Federal Education Statutes 2010-01-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2010, Federal Legislation to Recognize Education Paraprofessionals and Support Personnel; AFT Members Head to Haiti to Provide Health Care; Matching Funds Double Your Donation for Earthquake Relief 2010-01-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2010, A Test By Any Other Name–From TAKS to STAAR; House Public Education Committee to Meet February 4; Scholarship Application Deadlines Almost Here 2010-01-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010, Enrollment Trends in Texas Public Education 2010-01-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2010, Texas Senate Education Committee’s Work Plan for 2010 2010-01-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010, Special State Committee Formed to Study School Finance and More 2010-01-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010, 2010-01-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010, Update From the State Board of Education: History Standards, Graduation Requirements 2010-01-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010, Texas Rates an “A” for Standards, But “F” for School Spending in National Survey; AFT President Rebukes Houston ISD Superintendent for Misrepresenting Union’s Stance; State Board of Education News 2010-01-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010, Breakthrough on Key Health-Care Reform Issue; AFT Offers Suggestions for Aid to Victims of Haiti Earthquake 2010-01-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009, Texas AFT Opposes Joining “Race to the Top” Grant Competition Because of Bad Policy Strings Attached; Governor, For His Own Reasons, Agrees 2010-01-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010, AFT President Lays Out Reform Package; Texas AFT Comments; National Call-In Blitz for Health-Care Reform Tomorrow: The End Game Is ON! 2010-01-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2010, Misplaced Values: Firing Teachers Based on “Value-Added” Methods Using State Test Scores 2010-01-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2010, SBEC Gleanings: Muddled Federal Guidance on Single-Subject Elementary Certification; Online Link to Redraft of Social-Studies Curriculum Guidelines; Scholarships for Texas AFT Families 2010-01-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2010, Revising the Curriculum for Social Studies–State Board of Education Back at It Next Week; State Board Races Draw Attention in 2010 Election 2010-01-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2010, President Pushes Program for Science/Math Teacher Training; Governor Proposes Crippling Budget Rules 2010-01-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2010, 2010 Election Season Under Way; Secretary of Education Worth Quoting–Test Scores Aren’t the Be-All, End-All 2010-01-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2010, Mismeasuring School Performance; Update on Federal Health-Care Legislation 2010-01-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009, Still Waiting for Appointment of Select Committee to Review School Finance; Survey on Integrated Physics and Chemistry–Deserving of Inclusion in Graduation Plans?; Holiday Hotline Schedule 2009-12-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2009, Texas Senate Education Panel Gets Interim Assignments; U.S. House Passes Bill to Aid Schools, Avoid Job Losses 2009-12-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009, Federal Aid for Public Schools Approved, and More Proposed 2009-12-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2009, TRS Contribution Rates, Part Two 2009-12-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009, TRS Contribution Rates, Part One; Two Texas Districts Score Well on Nation’s Report Card 2009-12-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009, Concerns About Pharmacy-Benefit Management for TRS Retirees’ Health Care 2009-12-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009, El Paso Federation Gains Board Support on Grading-Policy Issues 2009-12-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009, Big Runoff Wins in Big D for Alliance AFT’s Favored School-Board Candidates 2009-12-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2009, Texas AFT Advice on State’s “Race to the Top” Grant Application 2009-12-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2009, Flawed Federal Regulations on School Improvement; Texas AFL-CIO Scholarships–Time to Apply 2009-12-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2009, Filing Begins for State and Federal Elections in 2010–High Stakes; AFT Leader Warns Against Disinvestment in Education at White House Forum on Jobs 2009-12-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009, Catching Up on the State Board of Education 2009-12-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009, Have Your Say: How Do Fine Arts Contribute to Student Learning?; AFT President Says: Create Jobs by Strengthening America’s Schools; AFT Promotes Field-Trip Safety 2009-12-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2009, State Budget Picture Gets Worse–What You Can Do to Defend Public Education 2009-12-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009, Happy Thanksgiving; Texas AFT Intervenes in Grading-Policy Lawsuit; Status of TRS Pension Fund 2009-11-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009, Texas House Speaker Gives Committees Interim Study Assignments–Shape of Things to Come 2009-11-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009, Retirees Victimized as AG Rules Against $500 Check for TRS Pensioners 2009-11-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2009, Texas AFT President Reproaches Districts Suing to Block Minimum-Grade Ban; AFT’s Online Petition for Health-Care Reform as Key U.S. Senate Vote Nears; State Board of Education Headlines 2009-11-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2009, School Districts Sue TEA Over Grading Policy; AFT Responds to Senate Health-Care Reform Bill 2009-11-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009, AFT President Comments on “American Education Week”; AFT and Save the Children Team Up 2009-11-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2009, Status Report: Will TRS Retirees Get Their $500 Supplemental Check? 2009-11-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009, State Board of Education Weighs Choices on Textbook/Technology, Social-Studies Curriculum, Charter Schools; School Districts’ Ranks Are Split on Grading Policy; Health-Care Rally at State Capitol 2009-11-18
Texas AFT Legislative Hotline–Friday, November 13, 2009, Texas AFT Rallies for Health-Care Reform on Saturday–President Linda Bridges’ Statement; AFT at the Forefront of Changing Union Movement 2009-11-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, Health Care Can’t Wait! Rally for Health-Care Reform Saturday, November 14, at State Capitol 2009-11-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009, U.S. Department of Education Issues Final “Race to the Top” Regulations–AFT Comments 2009-11-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2009, Be There! Big Health-Care Reform Rally in Austin Saturday, November 14, at State Capitol, Featuring Texas AFT Speakers; Update on Law Banning Minimum Grades–Some School Districts Still Balking 2009-11-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009, U.S. House Passes Health-Care Reform–Texas Honor Roll; A Call From Washington to Collaborate With, Not Demonize, Teachers and Their Unions 2009-11-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009, Key Health-Care Vote, Coming Soon, Could be Close: Call Congress; Verdict Pronounced on Texas Merit-Pay Plan: Ineffective 2009-11-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2009, Action Alert: Call Congress Now in Support of a Real Health-Care Reform Bill–H.R. 3962! 2009-11-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009, Call Congress Tomorrow for Real Health-Care Reform; School-Board Election Results Show Impact of Texas AFT Members; State Education Chief Claims He’s Lifting Cap on Charter Schools 2009-11-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2009, Big Win: Union’s Legal Action Under FLSA Delivers Back Pay for San Antonio School Employees 2009-11-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2009 Make Your Voice Heard for Real Health-Care Reform 2009-11-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009, Comments Lauding “Highly Qualified” Interpretation from Feds Miss the Mark 2009-10-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2009, There’s still time to vote early, but not much; A peek at next year’s primary 2009-10-29
Inside Education (October 27, 2009) 2009-10-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009, Trick or Treatment? Share Your Health-Care Horror Stories; Become a Fan of Texas AFT on Facebook 2009-10-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009, The 2010-2011 “Sunset Review” Cycle Takes Shape 2009-10-27
Texas AFT Legislative Hotline–Friday, October 23, 2009, Texas AFT Keeps Up Pressure on Federal Rules on Certification Exams for Elementary Teachers; Texas AFT Member Wins Milken Prize for Teaching Excellence 2009-10-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2009, Texas AFT Calls on Feds to Use Common Sense in Setting Grade-School Teachers’ Certification Requirements Under Federal Law 2009-10-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, Why Texas Needs Health-Care Reform; Health-Care Reform Is Getting Closer. It Needs to be the Real Thing. 2009-10-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2009, November 3 Election Features State Constitutional Amendments, Local Votes on School Bonds and School Boards 2009-10-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009, Texas Education Agency Issues Strong Guidance on School Districts’ Grading Policy 2009-10-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009, Federal Funding for H1N1 Flu Response; Social-Studies Standards Still Under Political Pressure 2009-10-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, H1N1 Flu Update; Nation’s Report Card in Math: Minority Eighth-Graders in Texas Rank High 2009-10-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009, Corpus Christi AFT Steers Incentive Pay to Support Advanced Certification 2009-10-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2009, AFT Leader Offers Tough Response to Flawed Health-Care Bill in U.S. Senate 2009-10-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2009, Local Affiliates Stick Up for Teachers’ Grading Authority, Fair Pay 2009-10-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009, Welcome and Unwelcome TRS Trends–Rebounding Investments; Governor’s Tightening Grip 2009-10-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009, San Antonio Alliance Wins Grant From AFT Innovation Fund 2009-10-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2009, National Call-In Day for Real Health-Care Reform 2009-10-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2009, State Legislators, Including 23 Texans, Lobby Congress for Real Health-Care Reform; Getting Through to Your U.S. Senators: If You Can’t Reach Them in Washington, Try This 2009-10-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, National Call-In Day for Real Health-Care Reform–Coming Up Wednesday 2009-10-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2009, Shortage of School Nurses Impedes Efforts to Address H1N1 Flu; Inadequate Staffing at Issue in Higher Education as Well 2009-10-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2009, Local Union’s Advocacy Gets Results: Fort Bend ISD Directs Administrators to Respect Planning Periods 2009-10-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009, Making Your Voice Heard on Health Care: We’re Just Getting Started 2009-10-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009, En Route to Health-Care Reform, Some Bad Senate Finance Ideas Need to be Dropped 2009-10-01
Texas AFT Members … Lock in Tuition Rates Now for Online Masters! 2009-09-30
Inside Education (September 29, 2009) 2009-09-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009. AFT Strongly Reinforces Our Message on Federal School-Improvement Regulations: The Regulations Themselves Need Much Improvement 2009-09-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2009, Texas AFT Urges Full Rewrite of Proposed Federal Rules on School Improvement Grants 2009-09-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009, Feds List Texas Among States Faulted for Handling of Education Stimulus Dollars; New Issue of American Educator Merits Attention 2009-09-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009, Texas Case Study of Community-School Partnerships: School Reform That Works 2009-09-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2009, Local Texas AFT Affiliates Use Consultation Process to Make Gains for All Employees 2009-09-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009, Common Core Standards–An Idea Whose Time Has Come?; New School Ratings Make an Unintended Point 2009-09-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, 2009-09-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, Proposed Federal Rules on Grants for School Improvements; Big Win in Congresses for Community Colleges, Financial Aid for College Students, Pre-K/12 School Aid; New Bill Backs Community Schools 2009-09-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009, U.S. House Moves to Fund Community Colleges, Pre-K, School Facilities, College Grants; State Board of Education to Hear “Experts” on Social-Studies Curriculum Standards 2009-09-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2009, Not Debatable: Health-Insurance Costs and Uninsured Ranks Rising in Texas; AFT Study Looks at Recruitment of Teachers from Abroad 2009-09-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2009, State Board of Education on Video; Classroom Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month 2009-09-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009, Know Your Rights: Duty–Free Lunch 2009-09-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, AFT Calls for H1N1 Protection for Health-Care Workers; New Education Chair in the U.S. Senate 2009-09-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009, Know Your Rights: Planning and Preparation Periods Guaranteed by State Law 2009-09-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009, State Board of Education Debates Social-Studies Standards Next Week; “Top Ten Percent” Rule, Revised; Online Resource: Diane Ravitch on the Failings of Federal Education “Reform” 2009-09-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009, Presidential Speech to Students Coming on Tuesday 2009-09-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, Enforcing Class-Size Limits; Getting the Facts Straight on Health-Care Reform–Myth #6 2009-09-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2009, Texas AFT Comments on Proposed Changes in State Rules on Teacher Appraisal; Getting the Facts Straight on Health-Care Reform–Myth #5 2009-09-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2009, H1N1 Flu: More Guidance From the American Federation of Teachers, Texas Education Agency 2009-09-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2009, Proposed Rules for Federal “Race to the Top” Incentive Grants Need Major Repairs 2009-09-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009, AFT Back-to-School Tour: Houston, We Have a Solution 2009-08-31
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009, AFT President’s Back-to-School Tour Headed for Houston; Health-Care Reform Mythology–Myth #4 2009-08-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009, Latest News on the Social Security Fairness Act 2009-08-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2009, Author of New Law on Grading Policy Denounces “Creative Interpretations”; Getting the Facts Straight on Health-Care Reform–Myth #3 2009-08-26
Inside Education (August 25, 2009) 2009-08-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–AUGUST 24, 2009, TRS Update; Further Word from TEA on H1N1 Flu; Health-Care Reform Myth #2, Plus an Online Poll 2009-08-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2009, Flu Advice as the New School Year Starts 2009-08-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2009, New Law on Grading Policy–Clearing Up Confusion 2009-08-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2009, Health-Care Reform: Myths, Facts, and Real Choices for Health-Care Consumers 2009-08-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2009, TEA Encourages Use of Campus Charters; TEA Warns Against Evasion of New Law on Grading Policy 2009-08-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009, State Board of Education Grapples With New Graduation Requirements; AFT Voices: How to Help Latino Students 2009-08-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2009, New Educational Policies and Programs for the 2009-2010 School Year 2009-08-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2009, Race to the Top? Draft Rules for State Access to Feds’ Incentive Fund Raise Many Issues 2009-08-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2009, Notable New State Laws, Continued: Educational Governance 2009-08-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2009, Notable New State Laws: School Health and Safety 2009-08-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2009, Districts in Denial: Pay Raise, Grading Policy 2009-08-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009, Just in Case: Preparing for a Flu Outbreak When School Starts; Certification Board Rejects Criticism of Generalist Certificate for Grades 4-8 2009-08-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009, School Ratings, Round Two: Federal “Adequate Yearly Progress”; State-Approved “Repurposing” of Austin Middle School 2009-08-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2009, Districts Getting Message: No Way to Avoid Giving Required Pay Raise 2009-08-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2009, Combating “Disinformation” on Health-Care Reform 2009-08-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2009, Case Study in Advocacy: Houston Federation of Teachers Holds School Board to Account for Pay Raise Required by State Law 2009-08-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2009, New Accountability Ratings Show Achievement Gains, But Insufficient State Funding Puts Future Gains in Doubt 2009-07-31
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2009, Notable Bills of the 2009 Session Relating to the Teacher Retirement System 2009-07-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2009, Notable Legislation–Professional Regulation and Support 2009-07-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009, New Laws for 2009-2010 School Year on Employee Rights and Benefits 2009-07-28
Texas AFT Members Get Big Discount on Online Master’s Degree 2009-07-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009, July 28: Call-In Day to Congress for Health-Care Reform Now!; Commissioner Affirms Districts Must Use Federal Stimulus Aid for Pay Raises; Check Out the Back-to-School Issue of Texas Teacher 2009-07-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2009, Approved: Texas Plan Using Stimulus Funds Raise Teacher Pay; Proposed: Federal Regulations for Access to “Race to the Top” Grants; Texas AFT Report on Laws Enacted in 2009 Legislative Session 2009-07-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009, Texas AFT Urges State Attorney General to Okay “13th Check” for TRS Retirees 2009-07-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009, Health-Care Reform Drive Intensifies–National Call-In Day on Tuesday, July 28 2009-07-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009, Notable Bills of 2009 Relating to Safe Schools Act 2009-07-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009, U.S. House to Vote on Education Funding for 2010 This Week; Study Finds Flaws in “Value-Added” Methodology 2009-07-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009, AFT Members’ Children Among Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Winners; U.S. House Takes Forward Step on National Health-Care Reform 2009-07-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009, New Look at an Old Idea: Community Schools; Blue/Green Alliance: AFT Signs Up 2009-07-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2009, Leading Education Reformer Cites Policy Lessons From Abroad; U.S. Secretary of Education in Dialogue With AFT Members 2009-07-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009, Urge U.S. Senators to Support Health-Care Reform–Today is Virtual Lobby Day; Achievement Gap Narrows, With Texas Making a Strong Showing in Math 2009-07-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 13, 2009, Federal Education Budget Needs Boost to Avoid Post-Stimulus Funding Dropoff; Professional Integrity Defended; New Chair for State Board of Education Named 2009-07-13
Discount for Online Master’s Degree … Enroll Now! 2009-07-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009, For Enrollees in TRS Long-Term Care Plan, Decision Due by July 15; Texas AFT President Comments on State Board of Education; Quest for Health-Care Reform–Call Congress July 14 2009-07-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2009, Punitive “Accountability” for Struggling Schools 2009-07-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2009, More Folly Brought to You by the State Board of Education 2009-07-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2009, Federal Funding for Public Schools–After the Stimulus Money…Then What? 2009-07-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 6, 2009, VP Forecasts Approval of Education Funding; Changes in Graduation Requirements; For Texas AFT Members: First Course Free Toward Distance-Learning Master’s; Health-Care Reform Can’t Wait: Send a Message 2009-07-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2009, Federal Legislation Filed to Put More Nurses in Schools–You Can Help, Too; AFT Professional-Issues Conference Features U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan 2009-07-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009, Gov. Perry Applies for Federal Education “Stimulus” Funds; Legislature Passes Two Bills and Adjourns; Texas AFL-CIO Spotlights Failure to Provide Timely Unemployment Benefits 2009-07-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2009, Special Session Starts, May Soon End; Gov. Perry Makes Texas Last in the Nation to Apply for Federal Stimulus Aid; Charter Schools–Reality Check 2009-07-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009, Eve of Special Session: The Missing Agenda 2009-06-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2009, A Short Special Session?; Health-Care Costs Rising Fast 2009-06-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009, More Than Just Test Scores: A Better, Broader, Bolder Approach to Accountability; Using Teacher Evaluation to Improve Teacher Quality–Again, More Than Just Test Scores 2009-06-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009, Governor Calls Special Session for July 1; No Education Items on Initial Agenda; Health-Care Rally, Virtual Lobby Day Saturate Congress With Reform Messages 2009-06-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009, Participate in Virtual Lobby Day on Health Care Tomorrow; U.S.. High Court: When Must Districts Pay Private Tuition for Students With Disabilities? 2009-06-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009, Call and E-Mail Congress June 25 for Health-Care Reform; Status of Stimulus Funding for Texas Public Schools; Talk of Another School-Finance Lawsuit 2009-06-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009, Lobby For Better Health Care on June 25; Bill Promoting E-Texts Signed as Governor Tries to Mollify Critics on the Right; Part Two of Obama’s Message on Charter Schools: Quality, Not Just Quantity 2009-06-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009, Vetoed: Enhanced-Quality Pre-K Pilot Program; Vetoed: Addition of a Retiree Member to TRS Board 2009-06-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2009, The Governor Takes Center Stage With Veto Deadline, Special Session Near 2009-06-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009, National Study of Student Test Results Begs Key Questions 2009-06-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009, Media Spotlight on Education; State Convention Delegates Set Texas AFT Policy Direction 2009-06-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009, A Message From Friends of Texas Public Schools 2009-06-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009, Texas AFT Convention News; Social Security Fairness Update 2009-06-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009, Texas AFT Holds Biennial Convention, Combined With Issues Conference; American Educator Highlights Community Schools 2009-06-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2009, Message Sinking In–Districts Figuring Out Teacher Pay, New Aid Mandated by HB 3646 2009-06-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009, Fixing Health Care Is a Federal Issue, Again–Join AFT’s Letter Campaign; Special Session–Governor Says It’s Just a Question of When…and Why 2009-06-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009, Lawmakers Request Attorney General’s Opinion on TRS “13th Check” 2009-06-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 5, Dallas Local Wins Another Battle Against Misuse of Test Scores to Penalize Teachers 2009-06-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009, Charter Schools in Congress–Questionable Claims 2009-06-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009, Session of Missed Opportunities for Texas 2009-06-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009, Untold Stories of the 2009 Session 2009-06-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009, School-Finance Bill, Including Pay Raise, Passed by Legislature; Special Session Coming? 2009-06-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2009, Accountability Bill Wins Final Passage; School-Finance Bill With Pay Raise Passes House, Pending in Senate; Charter-School Expansion, Minus Quality Control, Blocked; Background-Check Safeguard Passes 2009-06-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009, Eleventh-Hour Legislative Action at the State Capitol: 13th Check, Pre-K, Pesticide Safety, Rejection of SBOE Chair Nominee 2009-05-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009, Status of Key Bills in Legislature, With Four Days to Go: School Finance, Teacher Pay, Accountability 2009-05-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2009, Update: Proliferating Charter Schools; Health-Insurance “Pilot Programs” to Cut State Costs; Coming Up: House/Senate Contrasts on Testing/Accountability, School Finance 2009-05-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009, Pay Raise for Every Teacher Prevails in State Senate, 19 to 12–Your Grass-Roots Lobbying Works 2009-05-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009, Pay Raise for Every Teacher Prevails in State Senate, 19 to 12–Your Grass-Roots Lobbying Works 2009-05-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 25, 2009, House-Approved Pay Raise for Teachers Under Attack in Senate–Fight Back! (Corrected Version) 2009-05-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 25, 2009, House-Approved Pay Raise for Teachers Under Attack in Senate–Fight Back! 2009-05-25
Teachers Need a Real Pay Raise! 2009-05-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2009, Action Alert: Senate Votes on Teacher Pay, School Aid Set for Monday–Let Senators Know You Need a Real Raise, Not a Fake One; Bad Health-Insurance “Guinea Pig” Bill Still Alive–New Online Letter 2009-05-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009, End-of-Session Traffic Jam at State Capitol; Some Good Bills Still Alive; Weekend Hotline Coming 2009-05-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009, Senate Bill Close to House Version on Teacher Pay Raise; Health-Insurance “Guinea Pig” Bill Escapes Committee, Shorn of TRS Provisions; Still a Bad Idea; Safe Schools Act Bill Updates 2009-05-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009, Teacher Pay, School Aid on State Senate Committee Agenda Tomorrow; “13th Check” Dwindles, May Disappear; Senate Majority Wants Guns on College Campuses; Health-Insurance “Guinea Pig” Bill Lingers 2009-05-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009, The Revolt of the “Guinea Pigs” Gets Lawmakers’ Attention; Social Security Fairness Resolution Wins Unanimous Approval in Texas House 2009-05-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009, Health Insurance “Guinea Pig” Bill–Action Needed Now! 2009-05-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009, Health Insurance “Guinea Pig” Bill Set for May 20 Texas House Hearing; Bills Affect Safe Schools Act; U.S. House Passes AFT-Supported “Green Schools” Legislation 2009-05-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009, Bill to Expand Children’s Health Care Wins House Approval; Enhanced-Quality Pre-K Battle Moves to Senate 2009-05-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2009, Fine Arts, Physical Education Make a Comeback as Graduation Requirements; Want to Be a Health Insurance Guinea Pig? Tell Lawmakers What You Think 2009-05-13
Make me a health insurance guinea pig? No, thank you! 2009-05-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009, Safe-Schools Training Bill Passes House; State Board of Education Under Fire But Unscathed So Far 2009-05-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009, School Funding and Teacher Pay Advance, Tentatively, in Texas House 2009-05-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2009, 2009-05-11
Tell lawmakers: “Schools need more funding, school employees need higher pay. Vote for both!” 2009-05-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, Pre-K Expansion and Quality Enhancement Passes First Test in Texas House; 2 Pro-Teacher Bills on Student Discipline Win House Committee Approval; Testing Bills Head Toward House-Senate Talks 2009-05-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2009, Expanding Access to Children’s Health Insurance; Safeguards Against Hasty School Shutdowns 2009-05-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 5, TEA Advises Reopening of Schools Closed Due to Flu Cases; Federal Subsidies for National Board Certification; Bills to Change Law on Student Disciplinary Placements Pass Both Houses 2009-05-06
Don’t Shortchange Texas Students (May 5, 2009) 2009-05-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009, Dubious Bills on the Move in the Texas Legislature: Charter-School Expansion, Health-Insurance Cost Containment 2009-05-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009, Flu Outbreak: Updated Information and Comments on Issues of Concern 2009-05-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009, Ruling: Dallas ISD Trustees Violated State Law by Extending Terms, Delaying Election; Testing/Accountability Bills: Key Amendments Rejected 2009-05-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009, State Testing/Accountability Bills Pass in Both House and Senate; Amendments Show Fault Lines in Legislature on Role of Testing 2009-04-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009, Test-Based Accountability Bills Scheduled for Floor Votes–Have Your Say; Impact of Flu Outbreak on Schools 2009-04-28
Don’t Shortchange Texas Students (April 28, 2009) 2009-04-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009, Accountability Bills Set for Wednesday Votes in House, Senate–Don’t Let Them Say They Never Heard From You!; Fort Bend Employee Federation Gets a Hearing on Bill to Remedy Payday Violations 2009-04-28
Inside Education (April 27, 2009) 2009-04-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009, Coming Next Week: Testing/Accountability Bills Headed for Floor Votes–Take Action; Social Security Fairness Update: Who’s With Us in the Texas Delegation? 2009-04-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009, Senate Backs Scholarships for Paraprofessionals Seeking Teacher Certification; Bills to Strengthen Employee Rights Set for Hearing Tuesday; Update on Enhanced-Quality, Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten 2009-04-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009, Back From the Dead–A Chance to Fix School Finance This Session; Repairing TAKS Mistakes or Repeating Them? Contact Your Legislators 2009-04-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009, Expand Charter Schools? Not Without Quality Control; Coming Next: Update on School Finance, Testing Reform 2009-04-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009, Contact Lawmakers Before They Repeat TAKS Mistakes 2009-04-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEEKEND EDITION, APRIL 19, 2009, House Amendments to Budget Strengthen Support for Educator Pay, School Aid–and Reinforce Opposition to School Vouchers 2009-04-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009, Budget Debates in Overtime–School Finance, Pay, Vouchers Ahead; Retirees and Future Retirees, Get Active: Lawmakers Need Your Guidance on Benefits; Coming Up:School Finance, Testing, Charter Schools 2009-04-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009, Money for Schools at Stake in Budget Votes; State Senators Fight Use of Federal School Aid to Supplant State Funding; Senate Passes Training Stipends; New Draft on Accountability Bill 2009-04-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009, Testing Our Way to Academic Excellence?; Budget Bill Holds Key to Higher Pay, Restored School Funding–Take Action 2009-04-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009, Hopes for Pay Raise, Restored School Funding Ride on School-Finance Bills, Budget–Take Action Now 2009-04-14
Don’t Shortchange Texas Students (April 14, 2009) 2009-04-14
Pay Raise: Tell Lawmakers Now is the Time to Support Teachers and Schoolchildren 2009-04-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009, School Chiefs Denounce Proposed Use of Federal Funds to Replace, Not Augment, State Aid; One of Our Own Has Reason to Celebrate–As Do We All 2009-04-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009, Pesticides in Schools; District Grading Policies; Slamming the Door on Back-Door Vouchers; Key Hearing on School Finance Next Week 2009-04-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2009, Texas AFT Backs Living-Wage Study; Texas AFT’s Stance on Other Bills Heard This Week 2009-04-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009, More Dollars Emerge from Nooks and Crannies as Budget Vote Nears; Committee Action: Excessive Testing, School Closures for Low Ratings; Tuition Exemption for Educational Aides Wins Renewed Support 2009-04-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2009, Stimulus Dollars for School Districts Could Arrive This Month; Report on Funding Inequity Among Districts; Special-Education Vouchers; Tomorrow: Overtesting, Accountability Sanctions, and More 2009-04-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2009, Need a Pay Raise? Want to Block Budget Cuts at Your Campus? Let Your State Rep Know!; State Funding for Community-College Employees’ Health Coverage Backed 2009-04-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009, Feds: State Can’t Attach Strings to Stimulus Aid for School Districts; State Senate’s Use of Stimulus Dollars to Supplant State Spending Faces Renewed Challenge; Timing of Texas House Action on Budget 2009-04-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009, State Senate Panel Passes Training Stipends for Teachers, Paraprofessionals; Long Lists of Bills Set for Hearing Next Week–Some Good, Some Bad, Some Awful 2009-04-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2009, Bills to Lift Charter School Cap; Amendments to Safe Schools Act; Assault Leave for Higher-Ed Employees Moves Forward; Texas AFT Pushes Direct Election of TRS Trustees; Senate Approves Budget Bill 2009-04-02
Don’t Shortchange Texas Students (April 1, 2009) 2009-04-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2009, Senate Budget Plan Coming up for Floor Vote; Upcoming Reports on Charter Schools, Safe Schools Act, Higher-Ed Assault Leave 2009-04-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009, Senate Budget Train Moving Fast–What a Way to Run a Railroad 2009-03-31
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009, House Budget Writers Propose “13th Check” Capped at $1,000 for Retirees;House & Senate Budget Plans Would Use Federal Stimulus Aid to Supplant, Not Supplement, State Funding; Key Issues For Next Week 2009-03-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009, Who Decides How to Use Federal Stimulus Dollars For Education? 2009-03-27
Don’t Shortchange Texas Students (March 24, 2009) 2009-03-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2009, Bill Undermining Higher-Ed Health Coverage Resisted;House Education Budget Plan Emerging–Texas AFT Comments; Who Decides How to Spend Federal Stimulus Funds for Education? 2009-03-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009, Full-Day, High-Quality Pre-K Climbs Higher on Capitol Agenda; State Senate Debates “Top 10 Percent” Rule; Nurse-Staffing Notification Passes Senate; Texas AFT Opposes Pre-K Vouchers 2009-03-24
Inside Education (March 24, 2009) 2009-03-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009, Negative Report on Texas Charter Schools Casts New Doubt on Plans to Create More 2009-03-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2009, Children’s Health-Insurance Expansion Considered; School Nurses’ Staffing Bill on the Move; Coming Next Week: Action on Vouchers, Class Size, Education Budget 2009-03-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009, State Lawmakers Boost Social Security Fairness Campaign; State Budget Writers Address Incentive Bonuses, District Aid, Teacher Salaries 2009-03-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009, How Federal Economic-Recovery Funds Can Help Texas Public Schools; Coming Tomorrow: State Lawmakers Advance Resolution on Social Security Fairness; House Budget Writers Address Incentive Pay 2009-03-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2009, Testing/Accountability Debate Starts Anew in Texas Senate and House; Coming Tomorrow: A Look at How Federal Economic-Recovery Funds Could Help Meet Education Needs 2009-03-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009, Lobby Day: “Don’t Shortchange Our Students,” Texas AFT Members Tell Lawmakers 2009-03-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009, Texas AFT Members Head to the Capitol Monday to Rally Support for Public Education 2009-03-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009, TRS Actuary Recommends Higher Contribution Rates in Face of Investment Losses; More Than 6,000 Bills Introduced in Texas Legislature; Hearings on Testing/Accountability Bills, Federal Education Aid 2009-03-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009, Significant Bills Up For Texas Senate Hearing; Federal Budget for Current Fiscal Year Finally Passes, Boosts Education Spending 2009-03-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009, Texas AFT Opposes Bill Repealing Key Safeguards in Education Code; President Lays Out Road Map on Education Policy 2009-03-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009, Texas AFT Members Head for the State Capitol to Lobby Lawmakers; U.S. Education Department Set to Disburse First Round of School Stimulus Dollars 2009-03-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009, Voucher Bills Proliferate in Texas Legislature; Online Master’s Degrees From Lamar University, UT-Arlington 2009-03-07
Inside Education (March 6, 2009) 2009-03-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2009, Legislative Leadership Shows Its Opening Hand on Testing and Accountability; Texas AFT Responds 2009-03-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009, Student-Discipline Data Uses Debated in Senate Committee; Poor-Mouthing-As-Usual Gets Harder With $20 Billion on the Table 2009-03-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2009, House Public Education Hearing; Texas AFT Spells Out Budget Needs; Student-Discipline Data and How to Use It 2009-03-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2009, Social Security Fairness Act Filed in U.S. Senate; Rules for Using Federal Education Dollars at Issue in Texas House Committee 2009-03-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2009, * Texas AFT Urges Proper Use of Federal Recovery Aid to Bolster School Budgets 2009-02-28
Inside Education (February 26, 2009) 2009-02-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2009, Rulings on Reconstitution Law Protect Teachers’ Due-Process Rights 2009-02-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2009, Education Issues Aired in Texas House Hearings; U.S. House Passes Education Funding Increase for Current Fiscal Year 2009-02-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2009, Senate Education Committee Passes Nurse-Staffing Notification Bill, Gives Favorable Hearing to Stipend-Funded Training for Teachers, Paraprofessionals 2009-02-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2009, State Senate Education Committee Holds Hearing on Six Bills Tomorrow; Gridlock Broken, U.S. House Readies Final 2009 Education Budget 2009-02-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, School-Finance Bill Filed to Ease Local Budget Squeeze, Enhance Equity; Social Security Fairness Act Now Has 169 Cosponsors 2009-02-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009, Governor Grudgingly Requests Federal Aid; Legislature Starts Sizing up Texas Share; Texas AFT Member’s Article Featured in American Teacher; AFT President Broaches Issues of National Standards 2009-02-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009, New Panel Named to Work on Education Budget in Texas House; Texas House Committee on Federal Economic Aid Holds First Hearing Thursday; Porter Scholarships 2009-02-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009, Texas House Public Education Committee Gets to Work; Governor Continues Trash Talk Against Federal Aid–Don’t Let Him Mess This Up 2009-02-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009, Higher Premiums for TRS ActiveCare; District-by-District Data on New Federal Funding; Texas House Budget Writers Weigh Education Spending Options; House Public Education Committee Holds Hearing 2009-02-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009, Federal Economic-Recovery Aid Wins Final Passage–Offers Urgent Relief for Texas Schools 2009-02-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009, Texas House Committees Look Different This Session–More Balance, Moderation; New Committee Named With Mandate to “Maximize Receipt of Federal Funds” 2009-02-13
Inside Education (February 12, 2009) 2009-02-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009, Education Aid Coming Soon to Texas Under Economic-Recovery Bill–You Can Help; State’s Shortage of Math and Science Teachers Getting Worse 2009-02-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009, Call Congress Now to Support House Level of Education Aid, Recovery Measures; Send Letter to Editor with a Message for the Governor: Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth 2009-02-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2009, Texas AFT Urges Boost for TRS Pensions, Health Care, and Full State Funding for Community Colleges; TRS Considering Higher ActiveCare Premiums; U.S. Senate Poised to Vote on Recovery Bill 2009-02-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009, Attack on Federal Education Funding–Call U.S. Senators Now to Fight Back; Put a Stop to Excessive Testing, Enact True Accountability Reform 2009-02-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2009, Federal Aid for Education Would Shrink Under Senate Amendment–Tell Your U.S. Senators to Vote No; State Lawmakers Ready Request for Federal Aid; White House Issues Estimates of Aid Bill’s Impact 2009-02-05
Inside Education (February 5, 2009) 2009-02-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009, Splendid News Today for Texas Schoolchildren–Children’s Health Insurance Expansion Passed and Signed Into Law;Texas AFT Calls for Major School-Funding Upgrade in State Senate Testimony 2009-02-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2009, Federal Education Aid: Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth, Governor; State Education Panel Starts Work on K-12 Funding 2009-02-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009, Texas Senate Committees Named, Education Panels Realigned; State Stance on Federal Stimulus Aid Confused 2009-02-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009, Uniform GPA Rule Stalled; House Rules Adopted; No Legislative Committees Yet, But… 2009-01-31
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009, U.S. Senate Votes to Expand Children’s Health Insurance Program; Crucial Federal Education Aid Also Advancing in Congress–You Can Help 2009-01-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009, Education Aid Passes as Part of Economic-Recovery Bill in U.S. House; “State of the State” Speech Leaves Much to be Desired 2009-01-29
Inside Education (January 28, 2009) 2009-01-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009, Call your Member of Congress Now!; State of the State? 2009-01-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009, Budget Lifeline for Texas Public Schools–Help Make Sure Lawmakers Grab It; Two Union Scholarship Deadlines This Week 2009-01-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009, State Legislature Still in Low Gear; State Science Standards Still Evolving 2009-01-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009, Social Security Fairness Campaign Update; State Board Tussles Over Teaching of Evolution 2009-01-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009, First Draft of State Budget Leaves Education Needs Still Unmet; But Federal Aid Removes Excuses for Inaction–Tell State Decision-Makers to Seize the Opportunity 2009-01-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009, Big Increase in Federal Aid Could Be Lifeline for Texas Public Schools–See Potential District-by-District Impact; AFT Leader Sees Opportunity Amidst Peril 2009-01-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009, Dollars and Sense: Just in Time, Hope Rises for Federal Crisis Aid to States, Schools; Survey: Why Is a School Nurse Important to Your School? 2009-01-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009, Lull in the Storm as Texas House and Senate Take a Break; AFT Brings Inaugural to Classroom with Lesson Plans 2009-01-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009, Texas Senate Sets Ominous Precedent; U.S. House Approves Expansion of Children’s Health Insurance; AFT Launches Campaign for Federal Aid to States 2009-01-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009, New Winds Blowing in Austin, Washington 2009-01-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009, Economic Downturn Is No Excuse to Disinvest in Public Education; Federal Stimulus Aid Means State Lawmakers Can Afford to Address Unmet Needs 2009-01-12
Inside Education (January 13, 2009) 2009-01-12
F4AF – Stimulus Package 2009-01-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2008, Social Security Fairness Act Reintroduced in 111th Congress 2009-01-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009, Senate Education Panel’s Report Previews Key Policy Issues for 2009 Session 2009-01-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009, State Senators Comment on School Finance; Status Report on Science Standards 2009-01-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2009, A New Speaker of the Texas House, and High Hopes for a New Way of Doing the People’s Business 2009-01-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009, What’s at Stake for Texas Students and Educators in the New Session of Congress? 2009-01-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008, Legislative Lineup for 2009 Now Set; AFT Survey on Student Discipline; Hotline Holiday 2008-12-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2008, Reforming the State Board of Education 2008-12-18
Inside Education (Season’s Greetings) 2008-12-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2008, AFT President Assesses Obama’s Nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education 2008-12-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008, Urgent Action Needed: Key State Senate Runoff Election Tomorrow in Gulf Coast Region; Winter Edition of AFT’s “American Educator” Previewed 2008-12-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2008, New Mortgage Help for Educators Who Are First-Time Homebuyers; Online Judges Needed for School-Design Competition 2008-12-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2008, Investing in Quality Preschool Programs Pays Off 2008-12-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2008, International Math and Science Comparison Shows U.S. Progress; Two AFT Studies Focus on School Facilities Needs 2008-12-12
Inside Education (December 11, 2008) 2008-12-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2008, Texas AFT Forum Builds Support for Safe Schools Act (Part Two) 2008-12-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2008, Texas AFT Forum in Houston Builds Support for Safe Schools Act (Part One) 2008-12-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, Legislative Talk of More Education Dollars; Evaluation of State “Performance Pay” Leaves Key Questions Unanswered 2008-12-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2008, New Rules on Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs, Effective December 14 2008-12-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2008, AFT Report: Countering Colleges’ Increasing Reliance on Underpaid Contingent Faculty 2008-12-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2008, New Rules Coming on Safe Schools: Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs 2008-12-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2008, Latest AFT Salary Survey Shows 2007 Gains, Long Way to Go for Texas Teachers 2008-12-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008, Misusing Test Scores to Punish Teachers 2008-11-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008, AFT Welcomes Education Investment as Part of Emerging New Federal Stimulus Plan; Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Program, 2009 Cycle 2008-11-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2008, State Board of Education Earns Criticism 2008-11-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2008, State Board of Education News 2008-11-20
Inside Education (November 20, 2008) 2008-11-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2008, Your Ideas on Improving Educational Quality Solicited; AFT Leads on Education Reform 2008-11-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, Back to the Voucher Wars; Measure to Gut Class-Size Limits Also Prefiled 2008-11-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008, TRS Pension Update; Texas AFT Outreach to Early-Childhood Educators 2008-11-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2008, New Pre-K Funding Rules Are Cause for Concern 2008-11-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2008, The Outlook for Social Security Fairness–What You Can Do Now to Help 2008-11-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2008, Student Discipline–Tell Your Story! Tools For Teachers: Teachable Moments–Election 2008 2008-11-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2008, Prefiled Bills for 2009 Legislature Include Nurse-Staffing Notification, Training Stipends for Teachers and Paraprofessionals, and Cutoff of TEA Dropout-Voucher Grants to Private Schools 2008-11-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008, Why New Caps On State Revenue Should Be Rejected; Why Lawmakers Should Defend Defined-Benefit Pensions 2008-11-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2008, TRS Cites Conflict-of-Interest Concerns in Withdrawal of Fiduciary Counsel; SBOE Extends Period for Public Comment on Science Standards 2008-11-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4-5, 2008, Today’s hotline recaps the election results and implications for Texas public schools and all who work in Texas public education. 2008-11-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, November 3, 2008, Election-Eve Message: Vote, Educate, Volunteer 2008-11-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2008, Inclusive Schools: AFT Seeks Best Ideas 2008-11-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2008, Lessons Sinking In On School Accountability and Testing Excesses 2008-11-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2008, Proposed Science Curriculum Standards Posted For Public Comment–But Not For Long; AFT Leaders Urge Congress to Counter Economic Downturn With New Education Investments 2008-10-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008, Bush Administration Issues More NCLB Edicts on the Way Out; Early Voting Continues; Your Chance to be Heard on Student Discipline 2008-10-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008, New Light Shed on TEA’s Back-Door Voucher Program 2008-10-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008, School Districts’ Tax Rates–Hence Also Employee Pay Raises–Depend on November Ballot 2008-10-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008, Partial Retreat on Uniform Calculation of Grade Point Average–Legislature May Revisit Anyway 2008-10-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008, Accountability Panel Puts Testing Reform on Legislative Agenda–Now For the Hard Part 2008-10-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2008, Senate Education Committee Hears Testimony on Dropout Programs, Career and Tech, English Language Learners 2008-10-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2008, Dallas AFT Local Fights for Employee Rights in Mass Layoff Triggered by District’s Blunders; Early Voting Starts Monday–See Endorsements on Updated Texas AFT Political Page on Web 2008-10-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2008, TRS Hiring of Legal Adviser Blocked Over Conflict-of-Interest Concerns; Battle Lines Forming on Science Curriculum 2008-10-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008, Accountability Contradictions Exposed; Hurricane-Relief Grant Application Due by November 15; Quantifying the State Funding Shortfall for Schools 2008-10-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008, Squeeze on School Budgets; Mismeasuring Students and Schools–Today’s AYP Results 2008-10-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2008, Local Texas AFT Affiliate Takes No Guff on Issue of Hurricane Makeup Days 2008-10-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2008, Do your homework and visit the Texas AFT Campaign ’08 site 2008-10-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2008, State officials aim to tweak failing “merit pay” scheme; AFT Voices needs feedback on teamwork in the workplace 2008-10-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2008, TRS members flood conference call on financial mess; let lawmakers know to keep an eye on the pension fund management; AYP results delayed 2008-10-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2008, Austin classified employees win right to appeal terminations 2008-10-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2008, Forum on Testing Reform draws positive response from participants, lawmakers 2008-10-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2008, Reforming Test-Based Accountability: Interim Update 2008-10-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2008, Response to Intervention: What’s Happening on Your Campus? 2008-10-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2008, Your Feedback is Needed on Safe Schools Issues 2008-09-30
Inside Education (September 30, 2008) 2008-09-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2008, Eyes on the State Board of Education: Saving Fireworks for Later? 2008-09-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2008, Alliance/AFT Takes Tough Stand Against Dallas ISD Layoff Proposal 2008-09-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2008, Clearing the Air on School Buses; Hurricane-Recovery School Issues 2008-09-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2008, Social Security Fairness: Status Report 2008-09-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2008, Voter-Registration News You Can Use; Speak Your Mind (Online) on Student Discipline 2008-09-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2008, Who Governs at TRS? Time to Contact your Legislators 2008-09-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2008, AFT Members Urged to Help Disaster Victims; More Controversy at TRS; Texas AFT Backs Higher-Ed Budget Boost 2008-09-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2008, At Texas AFT’s Urging, TRS Sweetener for Investment Staff Bonuses Voted Down; Texas AFT’s Win in Dallas Teacher Termination Case Draws More Media Attention 2008-09-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2008, Texas AFT Questions Uniform GPA Proposal–and We Have Plenty of Company 2008-09-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008, More Hurricane Help; Hispanic Heritage; TRS Q&A; Hearing on Uniform GPA Rule 2008-09-16
Inside Education (September 16, 2008) 2008-09-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2008, Texas AFT’s Hurricane Response; Testimony on Proposed Education Budget 2008-09-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008, AFT Announces Groundbreaking Fund To Foster Reform, Support Risk-Taking, and Share Responsibility for Strengthening Public Schools 2008-09-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2008, Texas AFT Forum on Testing Reform Postponed to October 3; Online Survey on Student Discipline Posted–Ready for Your Response 2008-09-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2008, Texas AFT Wins Precedent-Setting Case Overturning Teacher Termination in Dallas ISD 2008-09-10
Inside Education (September 10, 2008) 2008-09-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2008, New State Dropout Initiative Slated for Dual Review Next Week 2008-09-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2008, More Reasons for Legislature to Revisit Directive to Set Uniform GPA Calculation 2008-09-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2008, September Coming Attractions 2008-09-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2008, Deadline for Voter Registration; Tax-Rate Elections; Voucher Lobby’s Defeat in Florida 2008-09-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2008, Capitol Hearing: Funding Community Colleges 2008-09-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2008, Budget Hearing on State Incentive Pay for Teachers 2008-09-03
Inside Education Join Texas AFT 2008-09-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2008, Teachers’ Grading Authority Unwisely Curtailed in Dallas ISD 2008-08-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2008, AG Opines on Bible Courses, Uniform GPA Standard for “Top 10 Percent” College Admission 2008-08-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2008, A Contentious Hearing on TRS Investment Policy and Practices 2008-08-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2008, AFT Disaster Relief Fund Helps Members Suffering Losses from Hurrican Dolly; Texas AFT Challenges Lowball TRS Budget Assumptions 2008-08-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2008, Guns in School; Local Gains for Support Staffers; Broader, Bolder Approach to Education 2008-08-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2008, State Leaders Want Your Pension Fund to Pay for Roads; National Opinion Poll on Public Schools 2008-08-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2008, Trial Balloons: Initiatives on Special Education, Community-College Funding 2008-08-22
Inside Education (August 28, 2008) 2008-08-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2008, More Gleanings From This Week’s Accountability Hearings–The Folly of Accountabilism 2008-08-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2008, More on TEA’s Private-School Voucher Ploy; Accountability Panel Looks at “Growth” Models 2008-08-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008, Private-School Voucher Lobby Keeping Busy in Texas; Green Cleaning for Public Schools 2008-08-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2008, Sign Up for Political Action: Texas AFT Educator-to-Voter Project, Labor 2008 2008-08-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2008, TRS Budget Request: Implications for Retiree Health Care 2008-08-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2008, Upcoming Hearings Presage 2009 Legislative Initiatives; AFT Offers Parents Back-to-School Help 2008-08-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2008, Words Matter–Reframing Talk of “Support” Staff in Terms of Vital Services They Perform 2008-08-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2008, State Competitiveness Council Joins Chorus Urging Improved Career Education 2008-08-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2008, AFT Spearheads Unions’ Call for New National Education Policy Focused on High-Skills Careers 2008-08-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2008, Texas AFT Challenges Unlawful Teacher Terminations Tied to Students’ Test Scores; Texas Education Agency Picks a Fight Over Back-Door Vouchers 2008-08-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2008, Texas AFT Speaks Out on Testing Reform at El Paso Hearing 2008-08-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2008, What 2008 State Accountability Ratings Say About Texas Public Schools 2008-08-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2008, Higher-Education Bill Moving in Congress Earns Support; AFT Presses Higher-Education Policy Agenda 2008-07-31
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2008, More Power to You: As Election Nears, Texas AFT Educator-to-Voter Project Gears Up 2008-07-31
Commissioner’s “Summit” on School Finance: Aiming Low 2008-07-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 28, 2008, State Budget for Education at Issue; Federal Judge Finds Texas ESL Efforts Insufficient; Houston Federation of Teachers Uses Paperwork-Reduction Law 2008-07-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008, SBEC Dilutes Ed-Prep GPA Standard, Hears Report on Fingerprinting Results; Legislation on School-Nurse Staffing 2008-07-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2008, New Report Urges Policy Changes to Support Effective Teaching, Reduce Emphasis on Standardized Testing 2008-07-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2008, Funding From New Business Tax Falls Short, Aggravating Education Budget Squeeze 2008-07-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2008, Take Action: Nurse-Staffing Crisis in Texas Public Schools; Correction of July 21 Hotline 2008-07-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 21, 2008, Latest Official Evaluation of Texas Charter Campuses Shows Persistent Performance Lag 2008-07-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008, State Board of Education News; Spotlight on School Nurses 2008-07-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2008, More Texans in AFT Leadership Roles; Texas AFT Leaders Tapped for Other Roles, Too; Presidential Candidates on Vouchers–The Difference is Clear 2008-07-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2008, Interim Hearings Reinforce Concerns About TAKS Testing, SBOE Standard-Setting 2008-07-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2008, AFT Convention News–New Leaders, Initiatives 2008-07-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 14, 2008, TRS Budget Game; New AFT President Blasts NCLB, Proposes New Approach; Texans Re-Elected as AFT VPs 2008-07-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008, Discussion and Debate Already Under Way as AFT Convention Gets Started in Chicago 2008-07-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2008, Texas AFT, Education Austin Sue to Block Release of Raw Data on Employee Background Checks 2008-07-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2008, State Board of Education July Meeting Preview; National AFT Convention Preview 2008-07-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2008, Research Sheds Light on English Language Learners 2008-07-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 7, 2008, Alternative Certification: Higher Standards in the Works?; IRS Says Teachers Won’t Take a Tax Hit for “Deferred Compensation” 2008-07-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 Texas AFT Affiliate in Houston ISD Wins Benefit for Support Personnel; Cruising for a Bruising–Texas Education Chief Still Pushing Back-Door Voucher; Hotline Resumes Daily Schedule on July 7 2008-07-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008, Back-Door Vouchers Blasted 2008-06-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2008, Proposed Testing/Accountability Changes; A Win on Federal Health-Care Funding for Schools; Action Alerts: Say No to Vouchers, Federal and State 2008-06-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2008, Exposed: Automatic, Arbitrary Sanctions; Opposed: Overkill on Background Checks; Updated: TRS Funding News 2008-06-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2008, Resolved–NCLB a Failed Policy; School-Facility Funds Voted; Dropout Data Disputed 2008-06-06
Texas AFT Inside Education (May 28, 2008) 2008-05-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2008, SBOE Discounts Teacher Views on Revised English/Reading Standards; Action Alert–Education Commissioner Oversteps Authority, Proposes Grants for Private Schools; Hotline Schedule Update 2008-05-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008, Accountability Hearing Agenda; Health-Care Repayments; NCLB Status Report 2008-05-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2008, English/Reading Standards Again Before State Board; Commissioner Issues Bonus-Pay Rules 2008-05-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008, School Health-Care Repayments Tied to Must-Pass Spending Bill; New Diagnostic Reading Test Prescribed in Seventh Grade; Texas AFT Members Activate Membership Cards, Win Rewards 2008-05-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008, Career and Technical Education: Old Stereotypes Versus New Opportunities 2008-05-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008, Testimony on School Finance, High-School Completion; Financial Aid for National Board Certification 2008-05-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2008, AFT Voices–Texans Have Their Say Online on Policy Ideas; FACE It–AFT’s Higher-Education Campaign 2008-05-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2008, Workforce Readiness and Education Spending; Upcoming SBOE Action 2008-05-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008, Houston Accountability Hearing 2008-05-14
Texas AFT Inside Education (May 14, 2008) 2008-05-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 12, 2008, Hazard Warnings: School Finance, School Sanctions, School Health 2008-05-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2008, News From Certification Board; Alternative Accountability for Alternative Campuses 2008-05-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2008, Encroachments on Planning and Preparation Time Are Against the Law 2008-05-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2008, State Budget Tactics Ahead of 2009 Session; How to Honor School Nurses; State Senate Slates Hearing on Career and Technical Education 2008-05-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2008, Political Games Put Schools’ Repayments at Risk–Send Your E-Mails; More on Upcoming Hearings; What State Surplus? 2008-05-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008, Upcoming Hearings on Testing, Funding, Curriculum Standards, and Higher Education 2008-05-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008, Federal Health-Care Repayments to Schools–Action Needed Now; More on Awards for Texas AFT Paraprofessionals and Support Personnel; Certification Board Meets Next Week 2008-05-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008, House Speaker Claims “Close to a $15 Billion Surplus”; Paraprofessionals, School-Related Personnel Boost Learning and Activism 2008-05-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–APRIL 30, 2008, The Teaching Penalty 2008-05-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008, Texas AFT Releases Report “Sizing up State Standards 2008”; On Workers Memorial Day, a Threat to Workers’ Safety Gets Texas Senate Hearing 2008-04-29
Texas AFT Inside Education (April 29, 2008) 2008-04-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2008, AFT Asks U.S. Senate to Safeguard Medicaid Dollars for Texas Schools; Texas AFT Affiliates Challenge Boneheaded Education Policies 2008-04-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2008, 2008-04-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2008, Call on State Lawmakers to Fight Back-Door Voucher Move by Education Commissioner; U.S. House Votes to Block Cuts in School Medicaid Funding 2008-04-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2008, A Safe-Schools Law Gives Bus Drivers Key Role; Mortgage Aid for Educators Scrutinized 2008-04-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2008, Teacher Shortages, Pre-Kindergarten Get a Hearing–Will Action Follow? 2008-04-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008, “Reform” Summit Leaves Many Questions Unanswered; Upcoming Coverage 2008-04-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 18, Texas AFT Members Speak Out on “Response to Intervention” 2008-04-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2008, A Serious Hearing on Disciplinary Placements 2008-04-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2008, Commissioner Makes Accountability Decisions for 2008; House Hearing Gives the Floor to Critics of Disciplinary Alternative Placements 2008-04-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2008, Assessing Monday’s Accountability Hearing in San Antonio 2008-04-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2008, Curriculum Guidelines for Prekindergarten; Accountability Update in Tomorrow’s Hotline 2008-04-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008, Professional Issues–AFT Survey; Accountability Hearing in San Antonio Monday; Footnotes From TRS Board Meeting 2008-04-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2008, TRS Board Puts $4 Billion in Hands of Private Investment Managers; AFT Takes a Stand Against “Free Trade” With a Nation Where Workers Aren’t Free 2008-04-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2008, More About “Response to Intervention”–Why We Need to Hear From You 2008-04-09
Texas AFT Inside Education (April 9, 2008) 2008-04-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008, Upcoming Hearings Address Big Issues; AG Says Bonus Awards Are Public Information; AG Also Says Certification Board Can Add Offenses to List Subject to Sanctions 2008-04-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2008, Your Opinion Requested: Response to Intervention; Reading–What Works? 2008-04-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008, TEA’s Accountability Incubator Plans More Ways For Schools to Fall Short in 2008-2009 2008-04-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2008, House Pensions Committee Hears TRS Testimony; State Rep Criticizes Social Security Penalty for 13th Check; Premature Accountability Changes in TEA Incubator 2008-04-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2008, Defining a Uniform GPA Calculation for “Top 10 Percent” College Admission–Easier Said Than Done 2008-04-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2008, Key Election Wins in La Joya; A Close One in House District 73 Still Contested 2008-04-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2008, Help Defend Family and Medical Leave Act; State Board Wants Bible Course But Won’t Set Standards For It 2008-04-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2008, State Board Acts on English/Reading Standards; State Senator Denounces Back-Door Voucher Ploy; U.S. House Members Press Social Security Not to Penalize Retirees for 13th Check 2008-03-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2008, Accountability Panel Hears Teacher Views on Needed Changes in Test-Based System 2008-03-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2008, Repair Work Needed on Revised State English/Reading Standards 2008-03-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2008, San Antonio and Houston Support Personnel Score Big Wins; More Debate on English/Reading Standards Due Tomorrow 2008-03-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2008, NCLB Band-Aids Not Enough; State Standards Full of Holes 2008-03-24
Texas AFT Inside Education (March 25, 2008) 2008-03-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2008, Public Pre-K Access and Quality in Texas; Status of Social Security Fairness Act; Next Hotline March 24 2008-03-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2008, Failings of Autism Vouchers; Federal Education Dollars 2008-03-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2008, Texas AFT and Austin Higher-Ed Affiliate Win a Victory for Employee Speech Rights 2008-03-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2008, Trying to Pull a Fast One at the Texas Education Agency–Vouchers By Any Other Name 2008-03-17
Teachers Under Attack. Make Your Voice Heard. 2008-03-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2008, Hotline on Spring Break 2008-03-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2008, New National Study Shows Teacher Pay Falling Further Behind 2008-03-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2008, Certification Board Meets Tomorrow on Standards for Educator Preparation, Rule Changes; AFT Calls for Grass-Roots Help to Boost Federal Budget for Education 2008-03-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2008, Primary Election Results 2008-03-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2008, English/Reading Standards Update; AFT Voices; Election News, Part One 2008-03-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2008, 2008-03-03
Texas AFT Inside Education (March 4, 2008) 2008-03-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2008, U.S. Education Chief in Austin to Tout NCLB–Texas AFT Responds 2008-03-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2008, More Action Coming on Disputed English/Reading Standards; Secretary Spellings Arrives in Austin to Defend No Child Left Behind Act 2008-02-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2008, Texas Senate Education Committee Gets Busy on Interim Studies 2008-02-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2008, More Problems Surface With Sweeping Criminal-History Checks; Funding for Community Colleges at Issue 2008-02-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2008, AFT Teachers on NCLB Overhaul; Your Ideas on Improving Urban Schools 2008-02-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008, AFT and Texas AFT Leaders in San Antonio;Senate Education Committee Hearing on February 27 2008-02-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2008, The Presidential Candidates on Private-School Vouchers 2008-02-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2008, 2008-02-20
Texas AFT Inside Education (February 20, 2008) 2008-02-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2008, Primary Elections 2008–News You Can Use 2008-02-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009, Pension Committee Hears Texas AFT’s Case for Direct Election of TRS Trustees; From New Accountability Panel, a Glimmer of Hope for Testing Reform 2008-02-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2008, Texas AFT Testifies on Post-Secondary Readiness, How to Achieve It, and How to Measure It 2008-02-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2008, Texas AFT’s Affiliate in North East ISD Wins Precedent-Setting Case on Extra Pay for Extra Work 2008-02-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, Texas AFT Tells State Board to Listen to Teachers on New English/Reading Standards 2008-02-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008, Educator-to-Voter Campaign Under Way as Primary Election Nears; Legislative Voting Records and Endorsement News Coming Soon on Web Site; Mischief Afoot at State Board of Education? 2008-02-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, Texas AFT Urges Lawmakers to Address Unmet School-Finance Needs 2008-02-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2008, Texas AFT Retirees Speak Out Against Threat to Guaranteed Pensions; New Report Cites Texas-Sized Gaps in Teacher Quality; Texas AFT Testifies on Inadequacy of School Funding–Recap Coming Monday 2008-02-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2008, Accountability/Testing Panel Starts Work February 18; Fingerprint-Check Process Off to a Flawed Start 2008-02-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2008, TRS Health-Care Plans; Talk of New Push to Extend NCLB; Key Subcommittees Named on Property Taxes, Higher Education 2008-02-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2008, President’s Education Budget Goes Backward on Key Items; TEA Announces Online Clearinghouse for Best Practices 2008-02-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2008, Last Day to Register to Vote in March Primary Elections; A Misguided Federal Budget Proposal 2008-02-04
Texas AFT Inside Education (February 5, 2008) 2008-02-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, Who’s For Social Security Fairness?; Standards for Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs 2008-02-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2008, Educator-to-Voter Campaign Needs You; Active Week Ahead on TRS, School Finance, Education Policy 2008-02-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2008, Senate Study Topics Include a Damaging Pension Change 2008-01-31
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2008, Texas Senate Interim Committee Studies Assigned–Preview of 2009 Leadership Agenda 2008-01-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2008, Bush Keeps Pushing NCLB Renewal, Vouchers; Perry Makes New Push for Incentive Funding in Higher Ed 2008-01-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008, All Aboard–Accountability Panel Completed, Time to Get to Work on Fixing the Testing Mess 2008-01-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008, More Accountability Appointees Named; Your Take on How to Fix Testing Solicited 2008-01-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008, Deadline For Union Scholarships; Health-Care Survey Under Way; New Orleans Schools Need Book Donations 2008-01-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2008, Speaker Names Two to Accountability Review Panel–But It’s Still Not Up and Running 2008-01-23
Texas AFT Inside Education (January 22, 2008) 2008-01-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008, AFT Recaps Testimony on Social Security Fairness: Changes Needed, Texas AFT Leader Tells Congress 2008-01-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2008, TAKS Testing Dates Shifted Because of March 4 Elections; Focus on Inadequacy and Inequity in Texas School Finance 2008-01-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2008, Texas AFT Speaks Out for Social Security Fairness in Congressional Hearing 2008-01-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2008, Texas AFT Testifies Tomorrow in Congress for Social Security Fairness 2008-01-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2008, Incubating Standards of College Readiness; Hearings on School Finance 2008-01-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2008, Texas AFT’s 2008 Educator-to-Voter Campaign at Hand–Sign Up! Certification Board Addresses Temporary Teacher Certificate, Professional Discipline 2008-01-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2008, “13th Check” En Route From TRS; Survey Finds Texas Teacher Pay Ranks 48th in Nation Versus Comparable Professions 2008-01-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2008, U.S. House to Hold Hearing on Social Security Fairness January 16–Texas AFT to Testify 2008-01-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2008, AFT President Blasts No Child Left Behind Act As Law Faces Renewed Court Challenge 2008-01-08
Texas AFT Inside Education (January 8, 2008) 2008-01-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2008, Unhappy Anniversary of No Child Left Behind Act 2008-01-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2008, January Agenda Items at State Capitol; Correction on School-Breakfast Programs; More on Background Checks Online 2008-01-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2008, Frequently Asked Questions on New Background Checks; Governor’s Appointees to As-Yet-Unformed Committee on Accountability Reform 2008-01-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2008, Federal Education Budget Passes; CHIP Extended But Not Expanded; Your Views Solicited; Election Filing Ends Today 2008-01-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2007, Texas AFT Questions Rules Proposed for State Bonus Pay; Hotline Takes a Holiday 2007-12-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2007, School-Tax Snake Oil 2007-12-17
Texas AFT Inside Education (December 17, 2007) 2007-12-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2007, State Funding for Fingerprint Checks–Here’s the Deal 2007-12-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007, News from Washington: One Step Forward, One Step Back For Kids 2007-12-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2007, Two New Reports Shed Light on Texas School Finance, School Nutrition 2007-12-12
Texas AFT Inside Education (December 11, 2007) 2007-12-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2007, School Employees Win Houston ISD Runoff; Special House Runoff in Fort Worth Has Statewide Significance; Draft Standards on College Readiness Still Evolving 2007-12-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007, Gleanings From American Teacher: Two Texas Stories and a Scholarship Offer 2007-12-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007, TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007, State Advisers on “Reform” of High Schools Drawn From Familiar Crew; Heads Up, Yet Another School Rating Due Out Soon 2007-12-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2007, Study Cites Major Flaws in Accountability System for Texas Schools, Districts 2007-12-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2007, New Texas AFT Policy Brief: How–and How Not–to Improve Teaching Quality 2007-12-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007, As Candidates File for 2008 Elections, You Can Sign Up for Texas AFT Educator-to-Voter Project 2007-12-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2007, Final Round of Interim House Study Assignments; One of Our Own Named to Governor’s Competitiveness Council; Federal Bill on Higher Education Advances 2007-12-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2007, Previewing Priorities for Next Session, Speaker Craddick Assigns More Interim Studies Affecting Public Education From Pre-K Through University 2007-11-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2007, Texas House Speaker Starts Handing Out Interim Homework Assignments for Committees 2007-11-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007, Making Social Security Fairness an Urgent Priority for this Congress: Action Needed Now 2007-11-28
Texas AFT Inside Education (November 27, 2007) 2007-11-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2007, Reality Check: State Bonus Pay, School Finance, TRS Retiree Health Costs 2007-11-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2007, News in Higher Education: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Teach 2007-11-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2007, 2007-11-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, Update on Social Security Fairness: Texas AFT’s Senate Statement; House’s Turn Next 2007-11-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2007, Education-Aid Veto Override Falls Two Votes Short; Discipline Rules Updated 2007-11-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2007, College Readiness on the State Agenda 2007-11-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007, Mixed Results in School Tax-Rate Elections; College Readiness on State Agenda 2007-11-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2007, Action Needed Now: Tell Congress to Reject Bush Education Cuts 2007-11-14
Texas AFT Inside Education (November 13, 2007) 2007-11-13
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, 13th TRS Check Okayed, Much More Still Needed; Bonus-Pay Follies 2007-11-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2007, Election Results, Continued; TRS Decides on 13th Check Tomorrow 2007-11-08
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2007, Reading the Election Returns 2007-11-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2007, Certification Issues Raised; Social Security Fairness Gets a Boost at Hearing 2007-11-06
Texas AFT Inside Education (November 6, 2007) 2007-11-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2007, U.S. Senate Confirms Slowdown on Rewrite of No Child Left Behind Act; Hearing on Social Security Fairness; Election Day Tomorrow–Don’t Forget to Vote! 2007-11-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2007, Last Day to Vote Early; Lawsuit Filed to Halt Anti-Employee Practices in Aldine ISD; Texas AFT Challenges Flawed Rules Proposed at Certification Board 2007-11-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2007, Social Security Fairness: How to Let the U.S. Senate Know What You Think 2007-11-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2007, Speak Out on Issues Via AFT’s Online Forum; Hearing Scheduled in U.S. Senate on Social Security Fairness! 2007-10-31
Texas AFT Inside Education (October 30, 2007) 2007-10-31
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2007, Early Voting Through Friday; Children’s Health Insurance–Still a Political Football? 2007-10-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2007, State Bonus Pay: Some Issues to Consider 2007-10-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2007, Lessons in Solidarity: AFT Members Hit By Wildfires in California Need Your Help; New Orleans Teachers Coming Back Strong 2007-10-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2007, Education Funding Gets Boost in U.S. Senate; Texas Higher Education Enrollment Grows, Highlighting Key Needs 2007-10-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2007, Rewriting No Child Left Behind Act; Social Security Fairness Update 2007-10-24
Texas AFT Inside Education (October 23, 2007) 2007-10-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2007, State Community-College Funding Deal Announced; AFT Presses Congress to Boost Education Budget; Rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act 2007-10-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2007, Early Voting Begins on State Constitutional Amendments and More; What’s Holding Up Restoration of Community-College Dollars? 2007-10-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2007, Rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act Runs Into Crossfire of Criticism 2007-10-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2007, TRS Says 13th Check Is Coming; Vote to Override Veto of Children’s Health Insurance 2007-10-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2007, Showdown on CHIP Veto–Call Congress; State Extends Time for Incentive-Pay Bids; State Plan for Career Education Deficient 2007-10-18
Texas AFT Inside Education (October 16, 2007) 2007-10-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2007, Vote Coming Thursday on CHIP Veto Override–Call Your U.S. Representative; Governor Names State Education Commissioner 2007-10-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2007, An Epidemic of Overtime Abuse; Call on Congress to Fix NCLB! 2007-10-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2007, Recent Legal Decisions Support Teachers’ Rights: Planning and Prep Time; Non-Renewal Procedures 2007-10-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007, An Idea Whose Time Is Coming: Automatic TRS Cost-of-Living Increases 2007-10-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2007, Online Letter on Lagging TRS Benefits, Ill-Timed TRS Staff Bonuses Draws Strong Member Response–Add Your Voice; Crank Up the Volume on Testing Reform, Too–Call Congress! 2007-10-11
Texas AFT Inside Education (October 9, 2007) 2007-10-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2007, CHIP Veto–Defending the Indefensible? Let Congress Know What You Think 2007-10-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2007, Deadline Tomorrow for Registering to Vote in November Election; Key Items on the November Ballot 2007-10-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2007, Tell TRS: First Things First–Better Benefits for TRS Members Before Bonuses for TRS Investment Staff! 2007-10-05
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2007, Noted Education Reformer’s Verdict on No Child Left Behind Act: “Fundamentally Flawed” 2007-10-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2007, Bush Vetoes Child Health-Care Legislation–Override Vote Coming 2007-10-03
10/02/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-10-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2007, Test-Driven Accountability: State Legislative Review in the Offing as New Study Reflects Mounting Public Concern 2007-10-02
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2007,Tuition Exemption for Educational Aides Seeking Teacher Certification: Update on a “Grow-Your-Own” Solution to the Teacher Shortage in Texas 2007-10-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2007, Ask Your U.S. Representative to Override President’s Veto of Children’s Health Coverage 2007-09-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2007, Good News for a Change from the Nation’s Capital–College Cost Reduction Act Signed Into Law; AFT’s NCLB Reform Campaign Focuses on U.S. Senate, U.S. House Speaker 2007-09-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2007: CHIP Momentum; Certification Rules Reviewed; State Demands Local Match of ‘Merit Pay’; What Grade Would You Give NCLB? 2007-09-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2007, State Will Pay for Veteran Educators’ Background Checks; CHIP Expansion Vote Coming in U.S. House Today; Nation’s Report Card Shows Improvement–No Thanks to NCLB 2007-09-25
9/25/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-09-25
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2007, Send a Message to Congress–Support Children’s Health Care (CHIP); More on Texas AFT Members’ NCLB Reform Campaign in Washington; Revised Plan for Standard-Setting “Facilitator” 2007-09-24
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2007, Texas AFT Members Take Message to the Halls of Congress–NCLB Draft Not Ready for Prime Time; AFT President Blasts Attempt to Mandate “Pay for Test Scores” 2007-09-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2007, Texas AFT to Legislative Leadership: Keep Promise on Paying for Background Checks; Texas AFT Members in Houston ISD Win One for Student, Employee Health 2007-09-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2007, Who Decides New Curriculum Standards? Texas AFT Members Give Presidential Candidates Some Friendly Advice 2007-09-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2007, Stirrings of Interim Activity on Testing Reform; TEA Reports on Disciplinary Alternative-Education Programs 2007-09-18
9/18/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-09-18
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2007, State Board of Education Weighs Changes in Textbook Purchasing, Curriculum Standards; Testing Students With Disabilities Under NCLB 2007-09-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007, Divided TRS Board Approves Big Bonus Plan for Investment Staff; AFT Recaps the Week’s Action on NCLB Reform 2007-09-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2007, TRS Tidbits–13th Check, Investment Staffers’ Pay; Charges Dismissed Against Aldine AFT Leader Who Dared to Contact Teachers 2007-09-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2007, Texas Earns an “F” for Economic Opportunity; Update on Children’s Health Insurance; TAKS Field Testing Reduced…But Still Extensive 2007-09-12
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2007, NCLB Discussion Draft Needs Rewrite; With State Aid Falling Short, 100-Plus School Districts Ask Voters for More Local Aid 2007-09-11
9/11/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-09-11
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2007, Tough Talk on Testing: Texas AFT Launches “Reclaim Your Classroom” Drive, While AFT Warns Congress Had Better “Get it Right” on NCLB Reform 2007-09-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2007, SBEC Acts on Criminal-History Checks; Congress Acts on College-Cost Reduction 2007-09-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2007, Money for Community Colleges Still Up in the Air; AFT Has Ideas for Improving NCLB Reform “Discussion Draft”; A Heads-Up on Criminal-History Background Checks 2007-09-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2007, Certification Board Implements Criminal-History Checks; House Hearing on Funding for Community Colleges; Notable New Laws, Continued 2007-09-05
9/04/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-09-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2007, Action Needed Now: Push Congress to Pass a Real NCLB Reform Bill! 2007-09-04
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2007, Notable New State Laws, Continued: Virtual School Network 2007-08-31
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2007, Social Security Fairness Activities; Fixing NCLB 2007-08-31
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2007, First Look At a Proposal to Overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act 2007-08-30
8/28/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-08-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2007, Notable New Laws, Continued: High-School and Dropout Initiatives 2007-08-28
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2007, Notable New State Laws, Continued: Student Discipline 2007-08-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2007, Notable New Laws, Continued: Teacher Retirement System 2007-08-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2007, Notable New State Laws, Continued: Student Health 2007-08-23
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2007, NCLB Reform Campaign Gears Up, With Postcards on Their Way to Members–Get Ready for Action 2007-08-22
8/21/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-08-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2007, Aldine ISD Teachers Defend Right to Union Representation; Notable Legislation Affecting Your Rights at Work 2007-08-21
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2007, Local Teacher Leader May Be Bruised and Battered, But School District Gets the Black Eye 2007-08-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2007, Key Education Budget Items Enacted by 80th Texas Legislature 2007-08-17
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2007, TEA Announces 2007 “Adequate Yearly Progress” Data on Texas Public Schools 2007-08-16
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2007, Interpreting New State Law on Religious Expression in School; Why Texas Charter Schools Lag 2007-08-15
8/14/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-08-15
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2007, Texas AFT Backs Restoration of Community Colleges’ Health-Care Money 2007-08-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2007, Online Resources You Can Tap for Information About New State Laws Affecting You 2007-08-14
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2007, Safe Evacuation of School Buses: AFT Initiative, New State Law 2007-08-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2007, In Spite of Acrimony, Congress Got Some Bipartisan Work Done on Education Before Recess; Social Security Fairness Bandwagon Rolling 2007-08-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2007, Backlash Against Testing Excesses Grows; Early-Childhood Education Benefits Shown 2007-08-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINETUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2007, “New Rule Will Not Affect Teacher Salary in Upcoming School Year,” Says IRS 2007-08-07
8/07/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-08-07
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2007, Congress Pushes to Expand Affordable Health Coverage for Children; Texas Bilingual Programs Win Judge’s Okay; Community-College Funding Will Get a Hearing 2007-08-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2007, More on IRS Rule Affecting 12-Month Compensation; Attorney General Confirms Individual Educators’ Certification Exam Scores Are Confidential In Most Cases 2007-08-06
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2007, New Paperwork Required for Many School Employees to Avoid a Tax Penalty 2007-08-03
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2007, Annual State Accountability Ratings Out Today…and the Rest of the Story 2007-08-01
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2007, Overhaul of Federal Accountability, Testing Standards Promised 2007-08-01
7/31/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-07-31
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007, Social Security Fairness, TRS Investment Policy, Funding for Community Colleges 2007-07-30
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2007, U.S. House votes to increase education funding in critical areas; U.S. House also passes college cost relief 2007-07-24
7/10/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-07-10
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 9, 2007, Action needed: House to Vote on Historic Investment for Student Aid 2007-07-09
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007, Daily Hotline Takes a Month Off, But Other Texas AFT Media Will Fill the Gap 2007-06-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2007, Costly Decision: Governor Blasted for Vetoing Second-Year Community-College, Health-Care Funds 2007-06-29
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2007, Social Security Fairness Hearing Promised; Boost for Employee Rights Blocked in U.S. Senate–Texans Hutchison and Cornyn Among the Blockers 2007-06-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2007, State Voucher Poll Left Real Questions Unanswered; Federal Vouchers Not Doing So Well 2007-06-27
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2007, Texas AFT Testifies on TEA Penalty Scheme for Low School Ratings 2007-06-26
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2007, Penalties for Low School Ratings: TEA Rules Hearing; Kindergarten-Plus: The Role Model Next Door 2007-06-22
Thursday, June 21, 2007, Texas AFT Legislative Hotline: TEA Announcement on So-Called “Pay Raise”: What It Is, What It Isn’t 2007-06-22
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2007 2007-06-20
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2007, Employee Rights Get a Modest Boost From Newly Enacted Legislation 2007-06-19
6/19/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-06-19
TEXAS AFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2007, TFT Becomes Texas AFT: Governor’s Vetoes Target Community-College Employees, Student Health, and National Board Certification; U.S. Senate Considers Employee Rights 2007-06-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2007, Federal and State Issues: Social Security, College Costs, Employee Rights, TFT Convention, TRS Investments, Governor’s Vetoes 2007-06-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2007, TRS Retiree Advisers Hear About 13th Check, Deplore “Dirty Trick They Played” 2007-06-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2007, Health-Related Bills Affecting Students in Public Schools 2007-06-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2007, Students’ Religious Expression in School–Lawsuit Waiting to Happen 2007-06-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2007, TAKS Testing Security–TEA Announces New Measures to Prevent, Detect Cheating 2007-06-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2007, Criminal-History Checks for One and All: SB 9 2007-06-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2007, New Legislation on Student Discipline 2007-06-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2007, Nine Texans in Congress Need to Hear From You About Social Security Fairness; NCLB and Test Scores: After This, Therefore Because of This? 2007-06-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2007, Just Plain Mean: Business Group Lobbies for Veto of Bill to Help Children With Autism; Stakeholder Meeting on Discipline for Holders of Educator Certificates 2007-06-06
6/6/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-06-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2007, SB 1031: Not Just “Getting Rid of TAKS” 2007-06-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2007, Testing Reform: Forward Movement, But Mission Yet to be Accomplished 2007-06-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2007, Federal Issues: Minimum Wage Boosted; Social Security Fairness Needs Your Attention 2007-05-31
5/31/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-05-31
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2007, SBEC’s Proposed Discipline Rules; More on New Pay and Pension Legislation 2007-05-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2007, Governor’s Veto Deadline is June 17; Grass-roots Mobilization and Coalition Work 2007-05-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 28, 2007, On Adjournment Day in Texas Legislature, a Report on the Fate of Some Key Bills 2007-05-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2007, Hot Topics: Education Budget, TRS, Speakership Fight, Top Ten Percent 2007-05-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2007, Skirmishes Over Speaker’s Powers Continue; Heated Debate on TRS Contributions, Benefits; End-of-Course Testing Bill Passes, But Testing-Reform Agenda Far From Complete 2007-05-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2007, Proposed State Budget Shortchanges Schools and Educators; Keep Up the Fight For House TRS Plan; House at a Standstill as Speaker Clings to Power 2007-05-26
Tell Your State Senator (Duncan) to Pass a 13th Check With No Strings Attached! 2007-05-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2007, Negotiations Starting on TRS Bill; Budget Still Under Wraps 2007-05-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2007, Demolition Derby at the Legislature: Bills Survive By Hitching a Ride on Other Vehicles; Support the House Challenge to the Senate on TRS Benefit Bill! 2007-05-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2007, The House Heard You–Unanimous Vote Rejects Senate Scheme to Inflict Higher TRS Costs on Current Employees as Price of a 13th Check for Retirees! 2007-05-23
5/22/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-05-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, Bad Bill on Teacher Appraisal Dies; Action Needed Now–Help Lawmakers Avoid a Failing Grade on Educator Pay and TRS Benefits; House Speaker in Trouble 2007-05-21
Action Alert: Help Lawmakers Avoid a Failing Grade on Educator Pay and Benefits! 2007-05-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007, Action Alert on TRS Benefits Fight; Updates on CHIP and Testing Reform; More Local Successes to Report 2007-05-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007, Retirees Oppose Senate Cost-Shifting Scheme, Testify For House Plan to Boost TRS Pensions With No Strings Attached; Senate Budgeteers Play Hardball on Pensions and Pay 2007-05-18
Thank your State House Rep. for Making Education a Priority 2007-05-17
Thank your State House Rep. for Making Education a Priority 2007-05-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, Pensions, Teacher Pay, Testing Reform, Test-Based Appraisals–High Time for Action on Key Issues at State Capitol 2007-05-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2007, Two Good Bills Advance; TFT Candidate Nominated for TRS Board Slot; Local Election Wins Reported; Texas Senate Tactic Shows Need to Stay Alert for Mischief 2007-05-16
5/15/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-05-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 14, 2007, Texas House Approves End-of-Course Testing, Alternatives To TAKS-Based Promotion and Graduation–and “Sunset” of Test-Driven Accountability 2007-05-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEEKEND EDITION, MAY 12-13, 2007, Senate Bills on Testing, TRS Benefits See House Action This Week; TFT Online Survey Results Address Both Issues; Elderly Win Tax Break at Polls 2007-05-14
Let Your Local Paper Know that Sen. Eltife Stands Up for Common Sense 2007-05-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2007, Most Testing Bills Die at House Deadline, But End-of-Course Exams Up for Vote Monday; Key Bills on Training, Nurse Staffing, Background Checks, Charter Schools; Weekend Hotline Coming 2007-05-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2007, Texas House Gives Teachers a Big Win: Pay Raise Takes Priority Over Yet Another Round of Property-Tax Cuts 2007-05-11
Action Alert: Your State Senator is Holding a Pension Boost Hostage 2007-05-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2007, TAKS-Based Appraisal Bill Just Might Be Dead of Self-Inflicted Wounds; TFT Testifies on Reform of Charter Schools 2007-05-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2007, Bill Interfering With School Employees’ Free Speech Bites the Dust; Still Time to Respond to TFT Survey; Action on Bills Affecting Student Discipline, High Schools, Charter Schools 2007-05-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 7, 2007, Budget Mischief Blocked in House; Just in Case, TRS Sunset Bill Could Be Used to Carry 13th Check for Retirees; SB 1643 and TAKS Mania Still Threaten 2007-05-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEEKEND EDITION, MAY 5-6, 2007, Crunch Time at the State Capitol; Cast Your Vote in TFT Online Survey on TRS Benefits and TAKS-Based Appraisals; Key Battles Over These Issues, Bad Budget Bill Coming Up 2007-05-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2007, CHIP Update; Top Ten Percent Rule; Federal Legislation to Promote Math and Science Teaching; Weekend Hotline to Preview Week Ahead 2007-05-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2007, False Ads on TAKS-Based Appraisal Plan; Choking Off Funding for Public Schools–Fight Back; Holding Teachers Harmless for Lost Books, Equipment; Record Vote on Bad Senate TRS Bill 2007-05-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2007, TRS 13th Check Held Hostage, Day 12–SB 1846 Passed by Senate But Faces Strong House Opposition; Criminal-History Bill Gets Lukewarm House Committee Reception; No Vote on TAKS-Based Teacher Appraisals 2007-05-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2007, State Senate Approves “Virtual School Network”; Texas House Panel Airs Social Security Issue; TAKS-Based Testing, Pension Increase Held Hostage–Bills Pending in State Senate; Senate Bill on Criminal-History 2007-05-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2007, Still on State’s Senate Agenda: Making Test Mania Worse, Taking Pension Increase Hostage; Property-Tax Break for Elderly on May 12 Ballot; Criminal-History Checks For All 2007-04-30
Action Alert: Retiree Pension Boost Held Hostage; TAKS Mania Continues 2007-04-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2007, No Vote Today on Test-Based Appraisals; TRS Benefit Fight Could Come Monday; Riskier Investments Proposed for TRS; Vote Until 5 PM Sunday for an Employee Voice on the TRS Board 2007-04-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2007, Ugly TAKS-Based Appraisal Bill Back on Calendar for Friday; Senate Passes Bill to Notify Parents When Nurse Staffing Falls Short; Social Security Fairness 2007-04-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2007, TAKS-Based Teacher Appraisals Still Sidetracked; Editors Gets Pay Priorities Right 2007-04-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2007, TAKS-Based Appraisal Bill Comes Off the Calendar; Kindergarten-Plus Pilot Program Gets a Hearing; Stipends for Paraprofessional/Teacher Disability Training Advance 2007-04-25
4/24/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-04-25
Action Alert: Stop a Bad Bill Basing Teacher Appraisals on TAKS Scores 2007-04-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007, Voucher Bill Withdrawn From Senate Calendar; Bill to Make TAKS Mess Worse Could Come Up Wednesday; Good Bills on House Committee Agenda 2007-04-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEEKEND EDITION, APRIL 22, 2007, Special Project: Blocking Bills to Make Your Evaluation and Your Job Depend More Than Ever on Students’ TAKS Scores 2007-04-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007, The Battle Over Three Bad Bills: Voucher Plan Still Pending; TAKS-Based Appraisals and Terminations Head for Senate Floor; TRS Pension Increase Taken Hostage! 2007-04-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2007, Voucher Bill Stalled; End-of-Course Testing Bills Moving Forward 2007-04-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2007, Voucher Cloud Over Texas Senate–Act Now! Update on Other Notable Bills 2007-04-18
ACT NOW: STOP VOUCHERS! 2007-04-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2007, Calling Grass-Roots Activists: Act Now to Stop Vouchers; Update Tomorrow on Key Bills, Hearings 2007-04-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2007, Unanimous House Vote for TRS Benefit Boost Sends Message to Texas Senate 2007-04-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2007, Nurse-Staffing Bill Advances; Key Bills on Student Discipline; Senate Budget Plan; Bad Bills on Teacher Appraisal 2007-04-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2007, TFT Makes the Case for Across-the-Board Pay Raise, Against Pay For Test Scores ; Updates Coming Tomorrow on Senate Budget Issues, Safe Schools, Teacher Appraisals 2007-04-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2007, A Defining Issue of the 2007 Legislative Session: Will Lawmakers Curb Excessive Emphasis on Test Scores, Or Will They Make Matters Worse? 2007-04-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2007, En Route to Full Senate, Budget Bill Leaves Teacher Raise and TRS Benefit Boost Unfunded; Still in Committee–Bills to Make Future Budgets Even Worse; 20 Bills to be Heard Thursday on Student Discipline 2007-04-11
4/10/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-04-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2007, Rethinking the Testing Craze, From Austin to Washington 2007-04-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2007, Washington Roundup: Social Security Fairness, Federal Tax Break for Teacher Supply Purchases 2007-04-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2007, Voting Under Way Now in TRS Board Election; Support One of Your Own to Safeguard Your Pension Fund–You Can Even Vote Online for Mary Johnson Richeson! 2007-04-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, Capitol Slows Down for Easter, Passover Holidays; Your Vote, Your Voice, Your Decision 2007-04-05
4/03/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-04-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2007, TFT Challenges TAKS-Based Teacher Appraisal Plan; House Battle Won for Children’s Health Care; Some Good Bills Heard in Committee 2007-04-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2007, TRS Benefits At Issue; Hearing on TAKS-Based Teacher Evaluation Tomorrow 2007-04-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2007, No Fooling: Bills This Week Could Block TRS Benefit Gains, Base Teacher Appraisals and Job Security on TAKS Scores, and Set a Precedent for Private-School Vouchers 2007-04-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2007, TFT Welcomes Message From the House on Vouchers, Teacher Pay; Weekend Hotline Will Preview Week Ahead 2007-03-31
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2007, Big Wins on Teacher Pay and Vouchers as Texas House Votes on Budget; Senate Voucher Bill Meets Strong Opposition in Committee 2007-03-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2007, 2007-03-28
3/28/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-03-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2007, Hotly Contested Voucher Bill Advancing to Texas Senate Floor; Budget Fight Looming In Texas House–Get Ready to Take Action Wednesday and Thursday 2007-03-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2007, Voucher Bill Up For Hearing Tomorrow–Speak Out; Background-Check Bill Passed by Senate 2007-03-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2007, Washington Update: Federal Education and CHIP Dollars; AFT Prescription for Struggling Schools; Social Security Fairness Tallies More Co-Sponsors 2007-03-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007, Voucher Bill to be Heard Tuesday–Send A Message; State Budget Hits House Floor Thursday 2007-03-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2007, State Budget Headed for House Floor Fight, Leaves Education Underfunded–Contact Legislators Now 2007-03-22
3/21/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-03-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2007, “That’s Not in the Bill”–And That’s The Problem; Testing Bill Addresses a Couple of Concerns But Leaves Big Issues Untouched; Teachers Get a Word in Edgewise 2007-03-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2007, CHIP Bill Thwarted Temporarily; Testing Reform At Issue in Hearings Tomorrow–Speak Out; New Look at Education Funding; Accounting for Retiree Health Benefits 2007-03-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEEKEND EDITION, MARCH 18, 2007, Key Vote Coming Monday on Restoring Children’s Health Insurance–Your Voice Counts 2007-03-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007, NCLB Under Fire; Social Security Fairness Update 2007-03-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2007, TRS Benefit Boost Gets Closer to Reality; TFT Backs Bill for Direct Election of TRS Trustees; TRS Trustee Voting Under Way Now–A Chance to Vote For One of Your Own! 2007-03-16
3/15/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-03-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2007,Sparks Fly in Senate Finance Committee Over State Funding of TRS Pensions 2007-03-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2007, Multi-Pronged Voucher Attack Meets Objections from Advocates With Better Ideas 2007-03-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2007, TFT Lobby Day Makes A Mark; With 11 Weeks to Go, Help Lawmakers Make Big Budget Decisions 2007-03-12
Take Action: TFT Lobby Day 2007 2007-03-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2007, Testing Reform Is Getting Somewhere at the Statehouse–Join the Movement for Change! 2007-03-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2007, TRS Benefit Boost Debated; Testing Reform Also Emerging As a Top Issue 2007-03-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2007, Tell Lawmakers to Fix Budget Shortfalls in Education; Student Discipline Gets a Hearing 2007-03-08
3/06/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-03-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2007, Mentoring Bill Filed; Criminal-History Checks for School Personnel; More to Follow 2007-03-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2007, Send Web Letter to Counter New Voucher Tactic; If You Can’t Rally in Austin, You Can Rally From Home on March 12! 2007-03-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2007, Fair Sharing of Tax Burden on the Line Monday–Call Your State Rep; Education Budget Decisions–They Can Do Better 2007-03-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2007, Restoring Children’s Health Care; Passing Employee Free Choice Act; Introducing End-of-Course Exams 2007-03-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2007, Voucher Bill Filed For Students With Autism–TFT Comments; Help Pass Employee Free Choice Act in U.S. House 2007-03-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2007, TFT Backs Bills in Committee; Bills Filed on School-Nurse Staffing, Restoration of Health-Care Stipends 2007-02-28
2/27/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-02-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2007, Campuses on the Verge; State Budget–What Kind of Message; AFT’s Offer to Apple CEO 2007-02-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2007, Stand Up and Be Counted–TFT Lobby Day at State Capitol March 12; TEA Developing Mentor Grants 2007-02-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2007, TFT Pushes TRS Benefit Boost–Action Needed; Why Teacher Unions Are Good For Teachers and the Public 2007-02-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007, Updates: Incentive Money; Social Security Fairness; Minimum Wage 2007-02-22
2/21/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-02-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2007, State Budget Framework Set; TFT Weighs in on Virtual School Networks, Charter Schools and Parental Time Off for School Events 2007-02-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2007, Budget Votes in Texas House; Tax Cuts for Seniors; TRS Testimony in Texas Senate 2007-02-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2007, Competing Blueprints for NCLB Changes; State Budget Choices; AFT/TFT Activists for Congressional Education Getting Busy 2007-02-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–Thursday, February 15, 2007, More Spending-Cap Convolutions in Legislature; TRS Benefits Assessed in Committee 2007-02-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2007, Social Security Fairness Draws Crowds; Last Year’s Tax Shuffle Still Taking Priority in Austin 2007-02-15
2/13/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-02-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2007, NCLB Nonsense; Pro-Public-School Business Group Speaks Up; TFT Testifies in Texas House 2007-02-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2007, TFT Promotes Teacher Rights in Special-Education Rule-Making; Help Defend Family and Medical Leave Act 2007-02-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2007, Bonus-Pay Fiasco in Houston ISD–Are Legislators Paying Attention? 2007-02-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2007, Senate Budget Hearing; TRS Health-Care Cost Increases 2007-02-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2007, Perry Plan Takes Lottery Dollars from Schools; Voucher Backer Lashes Out; TFT Contests Education Cuts 2007-02-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2007, Looking Out For You: Your Social Security, Your School’s Funding, Your Right to Speak Out, and Your TRS Benefits 2007-02-07
Virtual Rally: Urge Your Legislators to Oppose Vouchers 2007-02-06
2/6/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-02-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2007, State Spending-Cap Ploy; President’s Budget Cuts Education, Pushes Vouchers 2007-02-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2007, Rally From Home Against Vouchers on February 7; Let U.S. Senators Know You Want Increased Federal Education Aid Now 2007-02-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2007, Results of Latest TFT Online Testing Survey; More News on Social Security Fairness 2007-02-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2007, End-of-Course Exams; Social Security Fairness 2007-01-31
1/30/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-01-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2007, Senate’s Top Budget-Writer Says Tax Swap is Top Priority; Who’s Who on House Budget Panel 2007-01-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2007, The Shape of the Texas House–Key Committee Rosters, Continued 2007-01-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2007,Texas House Committees Named; Social Security Fairness Support Rises 2007-01-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2007. Items in the Proposed State Education Budget; Coming Attractions 2007-01-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2007, Governor’s Tax-Appraisal Task Force Roams Far Afield; Sound Off on TAKS Testing! 2007-01-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2007, On the Wrong Track: State Budget Draft, State of the Union, Governor’s Tax Policy 2007-01-24
1/23/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-01-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2007, Educator Home Loans Available Again Soon; State Leadership Staking Out Stance on Budget and Tax Issues; State-of-the-Union Address Tuesday Night 2007-01-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2007, Texas House Rule Changes; Union Plus Scholarships Available 2007-01-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2007, U.S. House Backs Student-Loan Rate Cut; Social Security Fairness Already Has 141 Co-Sponsors 2007-01-18
1/17/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-01-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007, Governor’s Inaugural Address; Texas Senate Committee Assignments 2007-01-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2007, Spending-Cap Contortions; SBEC Discipline Proposals; Critique of New Voucher Notion 2007-01-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2007, Ask Congress to Support Social Security Fairness for School Employees 2007-01-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2007, Congress Off to Fast Start–Texas Legislature Is Not; Boost for Minimum Wage Gains Support 2007-01-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2007, Social Security Fairness Act of 2007 Introduced; Speaker’s Challenge Fizzles Out in Texas House; Key Procedural Safeguard Preserved in Texas Senate 2007-01-10
1/9/2007 Texas Teacher Action! 2007-01-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2007, Unhappy Anniversary of No Child Left Behind Act; State Legislature Meets Tomorrow; Comptroller Confirms More Than $14 Billion in New Funds Available 2007-01-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2007, Speakership Battle Puts Monkey Wrench in Leadership Machinery 2007-01-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2007, New Congress Convenes With a Different Agenda–Help Wanted 2007-01-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2007, Texas Ranks Near Bottom in National Study of Educational Opportunity; Governor’s Business Advisers Fault Teachers 2007-01-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2007, 2006 Election Returns Still Reverberating at State Capitol; Notable Results of TASB Salary Survey 2007-01-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2006, AFT Gives National “Education Reform” Plan a Mixed Review; Study Says Texas Ranks Sixth in Need for Public Services, But 47th in Effort 2006-12-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2006, Pension Board Hears TFT Objections to Governor’s Speculative Investment “Suggestion” 2006-12-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2006, Dallas TFT Member Wins Paraprofessional Award; Urban Legend About Teacher Assignments Exposed 2006-12-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2006, TRS Board Needs to Tell the Governor: Hands Off Our Pension Fund! 2006-12-13
12/12/2006 Texas Teacher Action! 2006-12-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2006, Have Your Say on Proposed End-of-Course Exams–Take the TFT Online Survey; TRS Briefing on Health-Care Programs for School Employees 2006-12-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2006, TRS Status Report on Pension Program 2006-12-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2006, Last-Gasp Legislation for 109th Congress Hides Poison Pills, Ignores Pressing Priorities 2006-12-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2006, Senate Education Committee’s Interim Report Praises Unproven Incentive-Pay Program, Calls for Changes in Student Discipline 2006-12-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2006, Senate Education Panel’s Interim Report Draws Dissent 2006-12-07
12/6/2006 Texas Teacher Action! 2006-12-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2006, Turning Crumbling Schools Into Environments for Learning 2006-12-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2006, Do-Nothing Congress, Back Next Week, Heads Toward a Whimper of an Ending 2006-12-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2006, Rule-Making in Slow Motion Exposes Flaws in Latest Federal Special-Education Changes 2006-12-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2006, Update on Testing Reform: End-of-Course Exams In Place of Exit-Level TAKS Test? 2006-12-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2006, Budget Maneuvering Under Way in Austin 2006-11-29
11/28/2006 Texas Teacher Action! 2006-11-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2006, TRS Trustees Should Tell the Governor: Keep Your Hands Off Our Pension Fund! 2006-11-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2006, Revenue Limits = Education Cuts; Voucher Lobby on Videotape 2006-11-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2006, TFT Leaders Kick Off 2007 Legislative Campaign 2006-11-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2006, Federal Education Issues Coming Up in 2007 2006-11-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2006, Zero Tolerance for Gimmicks: Spending Limits, 65-Percent Solution Rejected at Polls Across U.S. Last Week 2006-11-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2006, State Board of Education Weighs Graduation Requirements; Two More Texans Sign Discharge Petition for Social Security Fairness 2006-11-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2006, For Better or Worse, Pre-Filing of Bills for 2007 Texas Legislature Has Begun 2006-11-14
11/14/2006 Texas Teacher Action! 2006-11-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2006, Congress Returns for Lame-Duck Session–Ask Your Representative for Social Security Fairness; Pre-Filing Starts Today for 2007 Session of Texas Legislature 2006-11-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2006, News From the TRS Board Room: Pension Fund Tops $100 Billion; Talk of Cost-of-Living Adjustments; Investment “Opportunity” for Your Pension Dollars? 2006-11-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2006, Laws Requiring Notice to Educators of Student Offenses Need to be Enforced; School Bonds Mostly Pass; School Boards Use Their Cents 2006-11-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2006, Educator-to-Voter Project Puts Strong Backers of Public Schools in Texas Legislature; Results Pose A Challenge for House Speaker 2006-11-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2006, TFT Educator-to-Voter Volunteers Win 15 Out of 17 Targeted Legislative Races; Pro-Voucher Money Man Takes a Beating; Winds of Change Blowing Strong in U.S. Congress, Too 2006-11-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2006, Vote Tomorrow! If You Voted Early, Help Get Other Educators Out to Vote 2006-11-06
11/06/2006 Texas Teacher Action! 2006-11-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2006, TFT Opposes Code-of-Ethics Enforcement Proposals Before Certification Board 2006-11-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2006, Some Facts About the Cost of Social Security and Social Security Fairness 2006-11-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2006, AFT Survey Checks Up on Misuse of Classroom Paraprofessionals 2006-11-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2006, Educators Proved in the Primary Elections That They Can Decide the Outcome–If They Turn Out to Vote 2006-11-01
10/31/2006 Texas Teacher Action! 2006-11-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2006, TFT’s Local Affiliates Protect and Expand Employee Rights on the Job: A New Example From Dallas 2006-10-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2006, Governor’s Tax Panel Readies Agenda for 2007 2006-10-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2006, Perils of Privatization: Children’s Health-Care Eligibility At Risk 2006-10-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2006, Ocean of “Surplus” Dollars on Horizon, But Nary a Drop for Public Education? 2006-10-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2006, Senators Scrutinize TEA’s 2008-2009 Budget Proposal 2006-10-26
10/24/2006 Texas Teacher Action! 2006-10-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2006, Early Voting Now Through November 3–Your Vote is Your Voice; Senate Finance Panel Hears Education Budget Tomorrow 2006-10-24
TFT Urges Educators to “Care Enough to Vote.” 2006-10-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2006, Educator-to-Voter Reminder; Survey of TRS Members Backs TFT Priorities; Comptroller’s Study Documents Facilities Needs 2006-10-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2006, Debating TRS Pension Policy in the Texas Senate, Part Two 2006-10-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2006, Debating TRS Pension Policy in the Texas Senate, Part One 2006-10-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2006, State Senate Hearings This Week: Facilities, Health Care, High Schools, Pensions 2006-10-19
10/17/2006 Texas Teacher Action! 2006-10-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2006, A Local Win for Common Sense on School Funding 2006-10-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2006, State Senate Holds Voucher Hearing in Houston 2006-10-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006, Children’s Health and School Nutrition in Texas: These Programs Work 2006-10-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2006, Scholarship Opportunity; More on Accountability Measures and Testing 2006-10-12
10/11/2006 Texas Teacher Action! 2006-10-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2006, Governor Declares Anew His Support for Private-School Vouchers; Heads-Up for TFT Educator-to-Voter Volunteers 2006-10-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2006, Politicians Press For Incentive Pay, Regardless of Evidence; Some Texas Educators Say, “No, Thanks” 2006-10-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2006, 2006-10-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2006, In the Headlines: Charter Schools, Vouchers, State “Surplus” 2006-10-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2006, Accountability, Testing Issues Raised; AFT Scholarship Opportunity 2006-10-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2006, Putting Standardized Testing in its Proper Place 2006-10-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2006, Full Slate of State Senate Hearings: Accountability and Testing, School “Choice,” Facilities Funding, Post-Secondary Readiness, TRS Benefit Programs, TEA Budget 2006-10-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2006, Social Security Fairness Petition Winning Bipartisan Support; Safe Schools Survey Online–Respond by October 13 2006-10-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2006, New TFT Safe Schools Survey Now Online; Budget Testimony Tells the Tale: New School-Finance Law Solved Next to Nothing 2006-09-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2006, Budget Hearing on Texas Education Agency; Update on Social Security Fairness Petition–105 Signers 2006-09-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2006, TRS Funding at Issue in State Senate; Social Security Fairness Petition Has 78 Signers 2006-09-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2006, Help Improve Conditions in Our School Buildings 2006-09-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2006, Build Support for Social Security Fairness: Action Needed Now 2006-09-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2006, Social Security Fairness Petition Off to a Strong Start in U.S. House This Week 2006-09-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2006, State Senate Hearing on Student Discipline Previews Issues for January Legislative Session 2006-09-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2006, State Senate Education Panel Hears Testimony on Student Discipline Tomorrow 2006-09-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2006, Congressman Doggett Asks Colleagues to Help Force a Vote on Social Security Fairness; Contact Your Member of Congress! 2006-09-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2006, High-School Graduation Standards; Social Security Fairness Letter-Writing Campaign; Hispanic Heritage Month 2006-09-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2006, Today’s Topics: High-School Graduation Standards, Higher-Education Funding and Admissions 2006-09-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2006, Local Advocacy by TFT Affiliates Scores Gains for Teachers 2006-09-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2006, Update: TRS Pensions, Social Security Fairness 2006-09-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2006, Upcoming Hearings: TRS, Higher Education, Textbooks, Graduation Standards 2006-09-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2006, New Social Security Fairness Letter on TFT Web Site–Take Action; Wage and Health-Insurance Stagnation in Texas Since 2001 2006-09-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2006, Discharge Petition Filed to Force Vote on Social Security Fairness in U.S. House; Ask Your Member of Congress to Sign It! 2006-09-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2006, Social Security Fairness; TEA Tips on 2006-2007 “Performance Pay” Grants 2006-09-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2006, Time to Heat Things Up in Congress on Social Security Fairness and Other Issues 2006-09-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2006, Send Governor Perry a Message–Stop Messing With TRS Pension Funding; More on ABC News Propaganda Attack on Public Education, and What You Can Do About It 2006-09-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2006, 2006-08-31
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006, Facility Survey: What Is the Condition of Your School Building or Work Site? 2006-08-31
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2006. Message to Governor Perry: Call Off the Attacks on Teacher Pension Funding! 2006-08-29
Action Alert: Retract the Decree to Cut TRS Pension Funding 2006-08-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 2006, The Movement for Change–Local Advocacy Makes It Happen 2006-08-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2006, State Senate Panel Looks at How to Measure Teacher-Preparation Programs 2006-08-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2006, State Budget for Community Colleges at Issue; Hurricane Season Reminds Us of Those Still in Need 2006-08-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2006, Charter Schools Lag Behind Regular Public Schools, U.S. Study Finds 2006-08-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2006, Poll Finds Doubts About No Child Left Behind Act, Ebbing Support for Vouchers 2006-08-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2006, Commissioner Proposes Rules on High-School Allotment, Expanded “Performance Pay” Scheme 2006-08-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2006, “Adequate Yearly Progress” Ratings Reflect Flaws in Federal Law, Not Just in Schools 2006-08-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2006, TRS to Legislature: There Are Some Pension Rules You Can’t Change 2006-08-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006, Yet Another 65-Percent “Instructional Spending” Definition 2006-08-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2006, Join the Movement for Change with the Educator-To-Voter Project 2006-08-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2006, Changes in the Law You Need Know as You Head Back to School 2006-08-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006, State Senate Hearing Schedule Prefigures Agenda for Session Starting in January 2006-08-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2006, TFT Agenda on Testing Reform Garners Statewide Attention 2006-08-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2006, Update on Federal Law Mandating Paraprofessional Qualifications 2006-08-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2006, TFT President Talks Sense on Testing Excesses; Sunset Commission Proposes TRS Policy Change 2006-08-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2006, TFT Calls For TRS Benefit Safeguards and Improvements 2006-08-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2007, Federal Issues: Expanding Children’s Health Coverage; Career and Technical Education; Tutoring Options Under No Child Left Behind Act 2006-08-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2006, Year-Eight Evaluation of Texas Charter Schools 2006-08-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2006, Task Force Looking Into Alleged TAKS Cheating; State Board Working on Tougher High-School Coursework Requirements; TEA Incubating Rules for New High-School Allotment; Sunset Commission Readying Decisions 2006-08-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE –TUESDAY , AUGUST 1, 2006, Academic Accountabilty Ratings Show Gains; Upcoming Hearings Focus on Retirement Benefits 2006-08-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 31, 2006, Academic Ratings Due Tomorrow; Online Resources for Teachers; Latest News on 65-Percent Rule 2006-07-31
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 24, 2006, Hotline Reminder; Sign Up for the Educator-To-Voter Project; AFT Convention News; AFT Releases Report on “Smart Testing”; Textbook Funds Can’t Be Used to Purchase Laptops 2006-07-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JULY 17, 2006, TFT Endorses Strayhorn for Governor; AFT Convention in Boston This Week 2006-07-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2006, Legislative Changes Summary; SBOE Meets on Graduation Standards 2006-07-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2006, Coming Up in July: More on HB 1; State Board Acts on New Graduation Standards; House Panel Sizes Up Local Spending Patterns; AFT Convention Spotlights Federal, State Issues 2006-07-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2006, TEA Online Tools For Understanding New Education Laws Under HB 1 2006-06-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2006, TEA Guidance on HB 1 Includes Q&A on Pay Raise, High-School Allotment, and More 2006-06-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2006, State Senate Committee Considers “Cost Savings” for TRS Health-Care Programs 2006-06-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2006, Kids Count Study Finds More Children at Risk in Texas; Texas Curriculum Standards Under Challenge 2006-06-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2006, More on Testing and Its Ills: TEA Blocks Bonuses Pending Investigation of TAKS Gains; Nonpartisan Study of Testing Launched 2006-06-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006, Standardized Testing: New Survey Says “Enough, Already” 2006-06-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2006, Interim Hearings Ahead on TRS Benefits, Higher Education, Districts’ Spending 2006-06-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2006, AFT Teachers Push to Reform Federal “No Child Left Behind” Law 2006-06-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2006, Neglecting Children’s Needs in Texas 2006-06-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY/FRIDAY, JUNE 15-16, 2006, Study of State Achievement Testing Under HB 1 2006-06-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2006, Sanctions for Low-Performing Schools under HB 1, Continued 2006-06-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2006, HB 1 Creates New Scheme of Sanctions for “Academically Unacceptable Schools,” Including Handover to Private Operators 2006-06-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2006, AFT Summer Learning Calendar Now Online; Donate to AFT Disaster Relief 2006-06-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2006, Grants for 2006-2007 Classroom Supply Reimbursement 2006-06-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2006, Incentive Program Number Two Starts in 2007-2008 School Year; TFT Looks Out for Your Interests as HB 1 Implementation Begins 2006-06-08
TFT HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2006, “Merit Pay” Program for 2006-2007 School Year Under HB 1 2006-06-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2006, The Budget Squeeze Begins 2006-06-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2006, 2006-2007 State Minimum Salary 2006-06-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2006, State Aid for Educators Buying First Home; State Incentive Pay–If You Earn It, Do You Get It? 2006-06-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2006, Sign Petition to Fix NCLB; Online Masters Degree–Take Our Survey, The Coffee’s on Us 2006-06-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2006, Hazard Warning For Safe Schools Act 2006-06-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2006, Has the Time Come at Last for Universal Pre-K? TFT Staffer Featured in CNN Coverage of Enron Trial Outcome 2006-05-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2006, Bonuses and Sanctions Tied to Achievement Tests Under HB 1; Next Hotline May 30 2006-05-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2006, TFT, Coalition Partners Urge State Reversal of Botched Eligibility/Enrollment Changes in Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 2006-05-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2006, Real Data Versus Conventional Wisdom About Dropout Trends 2006-05-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006, Governor Signs HB 2; Bill Prevents New Revenue From Aiding Education 2006-05-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006, Public Backs Pre-K for All Children; U.S. House Budget Plan Still Comes Up Short 2006-05-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2006, Has The Governor’s 65-Percent Gimmick Come Undone Through HB 1? 2006-05-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2006, HB 1 on Teacher Pay; School Start Dates Under HB 1; “Performance Pay” Previews in Houston; Say Thanks to the 57 House Members Who Voted To Repair, Improve HB 1 2006-05-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2006, The Key House Vote on HB 1, and What Comes Next 2006-05-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2006, Governor Praises Session’s Outcome, Comptroller Calls It a “$23 Billion Hot Check”; TFT Sees Battles Ahead in 2007 Because “Mission Not Accomplished” 2006-05-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 15, 2006, TFT President Linda Bridges Gives End-of-Session Assessment; Final Day’s News 2006-05-15
Stop two bad pieces of legislation that both would enact the same really bad idea 2006-05-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2006, Mother’s Day Mischief in Texas Senate Averted; House Still May Act on Another Bad Bill–Call Your House Member Monday 2006-05-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2006, Texas House Passes HB 1–Mission Not Accomplished 2006-05-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2006, Poison Pills Need to be Expelled From HB 1–Contact Your State Representative Early Friday! 2006-05-12
Poison Pills Need to be Expelled From HB 1 2006-05-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2006, Senate Drops Plan to Cut Health-Care Pay for Support Personnel, But Senate Version of HB 1 Leaves Education Inadequately Funded, Puts Bad Educational Policies In Place 2006-05-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2006, TFT President Linda Bridges Gives Senators a Six-Point Critique of HB 1; Pace at Capitol Slows to a Crawl, With Seven Days to Go in Special Session 2006-05-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 8, 2006, TFT Members Speak Out Against Health-Care Pay Cut at State Capitol–You Can, Too; Watered Down or Not, “65-Percent Rule” Still Undiluted Nonsense 2006-05-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2006, Senate Panel’s Deal on Tax Cuts, School Funding–What It Is and Isn’t; Push For TRS Benefits 2006-05-07
Senate Panel Improves Funding Equity in HB 1 But Leaves Other “Poison Pills” in Place; Special Weekend Edition of the Hotline Coming Your Way 2006-05-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2006, Senate Committee Stalls on School Finance; TRS Benefit Bill Advances, With “13th Check” Added; Bill Blocking Use of Business-Tax Money for Education On House Agenda 2006-05-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2006, Senate Committee Chops Health-Care Money for Support Staff; Bill Blocking Use of New Tax Revenue for Education Can Still Be Stopped in House 2006-05-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2006, Business Tax On Track for Passage; Bill Shortchanging Education, Educators Due For Debate–Lawmakers Need to Hear From You Now! 2006-05-02
Are you really “appreciative” about being shortchanged at the Capitol? 2006-05-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE–MONDAY, MAY 1, 2006, TFT Opposes Senate Plan That Cuts Health-Care Stipend, Short-Changes Education 2006-05-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (1-800-764-1177)–SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2006, Hide-and-Seek on School Finance; Statewide Education Employee Groups Stand Together on Pay, Benefits; Proposal to Cut Health-Care Stipends Again; Retiree Benefit Needs 2006-04-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2006, Senate Committee Passes Three Tax Bills, But Education Money and Policy Lag Behind 2006-04-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2006, TFT, Coalition Call on Senate To Fix House Plan; TFT Pushes for TRS Improvements 2006-04-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2006, Missing Ingredient: Money for Schoolchildren, Teachers, and Other School Personnel; Increased State Contribution to TRS Proposed, But No Guarantee It Will be Considered 2006-04-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2006, House “School Finance” Package, With No New Funding For Schools, Faces Uncertain Future in Texas Senate 2006-04-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2006, Tax Cuts, Tax Swaps, and Spending of Surplus Yield Zero New Dollars for Education in House; State Contribution to TRS Pension Fund Would Increase Under Two Bills Waiting in Wings 2006-04-25
Action Alert: Tell Your Rep. to Vote No on HB 1 and HB 2 2006-04-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2006, House Votes Keep Special Session on Course–Toward Another Failure on School Finance; Good Alternatives Emerging But Lack Leadership Support 2006-04-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2006, Educator Coalition Unites Against Bad Bills; House Rule Vote Tomorrow Could Hold Key to Session–Contact Your Representative; TFT Tackles Senate School Bill 2006-04-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2006, Bad Bills Moving in Committee Would Take Special Session in Wrong Direction; Call and Write to Your Legislators! 2006-04-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2006, Formula For Failure: Surplus of $8 Billion, New Taxes of $5 Billion = Zero For Education? 2006-04-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2006, The Money’s There for Urgent Education Needs–Help Lawmakers Summon the Will to Act; Senate “Reform” Bill Filed; Other Notable Bills 2006-04-17
Will It Be Summer School for State Lawmakers? 2006-04-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2006, Education Resources and Education “Reform” in the Special Session–Get Ready for Action 2006-04-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2006, Will the Special Session Pass the Real Test–or Bypass It? 2006-04-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2006, TFT Educator-to-Voter Effort Bats Four for Four in Runoffs; More Children Lose Health Care 2006-04-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2006. Runoff Election News: It’s All Good 2006-04-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2006, Governor’s Tax Plan Receives Cautious Reception From House Panel 2006-04-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2006, Equity Gap Would Widen With Perry Tax Plan; Votes Not There Yet for Bad Federal Budget Bill; TFT Activists Get Set for “Home Visits” with Members of Congress 2006-04-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2006, Update on Social Security Fairness; Draft of State Rule on “65 Percent for Instruction” 2006-04-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2006, Key Budget Vote in Congress; Hidden Voucher Money in Texas Elections; Last Call for Educator-to-Voter Runoff Mail; Social Security Fairness; 65 Percent of What? 2006-04-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2006, Early Voting in Runoff Elections Has Begun; U.S. House Vote on Higher Education 2006-04-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2006, Texas Per-Pupil Spending Lags; Governor’s Tax Plan = Less Than Zero for Education 2006-04-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2006, TFT Offers Critique of Governor’s Tax Plan in Capitol Hearing 2006-03-31
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2006, Make Your Voice Heard at the Legislature; Tax Commission Holds Hearing Tomorrow; TFT Recommendations in April 11 Runoffs 2006-03-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2006, TFT Sizes Up Governor’s Tax Plan; Think Tank Says Plan Digs Deeper Budget Hole 2006-03-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2006, U.S. House Higher-Education Bill Is More Hindrance Than Help; Governor’s Tax Panel Rolls Out Tax-Swap Plan Tomorrow 2006-03-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2006, Getting Their Attention at the Capitol; AFT Disaster Aid Gains Momentum 2006-03-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2006, Flowing Hurricane Aid; Talking About Teacher Pay 2006-03-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2006, Educator-to-Voter Project Needs You Now; Pitch in for AFT Disaster Relief; Spread the Word on Absentee Voting for Katrina Evacuees from New Orleans 2006-03-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2006, TFT and Allies Push for “Fair Funding for Kids” at State Capitol 2006-03-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2006, Update on the Ongoing Federal Budget Debate; How Your U.S. Senators Voted 2006-03-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2006, Agenda for Upcoming Special Session at Issue 2006-03-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2006, Gov. Perry sets special session date; MALDEF education summit; Colorin Colorado 2006-03-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2006, TFT joins Texas Freedom Network fight against textbook censorship; TFT calls on state to address CHIP enrollment loss immediately 2006-03-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2006, ERS and TRS Health Insurance: TRS board hears comparison of the two 2006-03-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 20006, Action Needed Now! Help Make Education and Health Programs a Federal Budget Priority 2006-03-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2006, Sign Up for the Educator-To-Voter Project 2006-03-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2006, News from the State Agencies: TRS, SBEC, TEA 2006-03-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2006, American Federation of Teachers Challenges Presidential Budget Priorities 2006-03-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2006, Election Message: Money Still Talks, But Educators Emerge as Countervailing Power as Special Session Nears 2006-03-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2006, Returns So Far in State Legislative Races Look Good for Teachers and Schoolchildren, Bad for Failed Leadership at the Capitol 2006-03-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2006, Pro-Voucher Tycoon Pours $2.5 Million into Attack Campaigns; You Can Fight Back, By Voting in Tuesday Primary, Offering Anti-Voucher Resolution at Your Precinct Convention 2006-03-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2006, Highly Qualified Teachers; Primary Elections on March 7; Tax Hearings March 6 and 8 2006-03-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2006, Social Security Investigation; Hurricane-Aid Headaches; Special-Session Speculation 2006-03-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2006, Children Losing Health Insurance 2006-03-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2006, Voucher Millionaire’s Claims Refuted, But His Campaign Spending Soars 2006-03-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2006. TFT Says “First Things First” at Senate Hearing on Teacher Quality, Compensation 2006-02-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2006, The Man in the Shadow: Millionaire Voucher Backer on the Attack in Primary Election 2006-02-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2006, Governor at Odds With Educators and Texas Voters on Education Funding 2006-02-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2006, New Congressional Budget Debate Begins; Federal Hurricane Aid to Schools Coming Up Short; Governor’s Priorities Out of Synch 2006-02-22
TFT Legislative Hotline (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2006, Early Voting Starts Today in Primary Elections; Education-Friendly Legislative Candidates in Both Primaries Deserve Support 2006-02-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2006, Hurricane Aftermath; Capitol Rally; Teacher-to-Voter Education 2006-02-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2006, TFT Leadership Conference, Capitol Rally, More Tax Hearings, Teacher-to-Voter Project 2006-02-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006, Big Win For Teacher-Backed Candidate in Austin Sends Statewide Message 2006-02-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2006, Texas Educators Unite for Feb. 18 Rally at State Capitol; Teacher-to-Voter Project 2006-02-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2006, Election News; President’s Budget Plan Promotes Vouchers 2006-02-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2006, Retiree Health Care; Textbooks, Bilingual Education on Menu at State Education Board 2006-02-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2006, Setting the Stage for Special Session; Tax Hearings Continue; Teacher to Voter 2006-02-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2006, Social Security Unfairness 2006-02-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2006, Fixing the No Child Left Behind Act; Voucher Money Targets Republicans Who Said No to Vouchers 2006-02-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2006, he President’s Budget Proposal Today Versus the President’s Big Speech Last Week 2006-02-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2006, Teacher to Voter; Lt. Governor Sets Direction for Committees; Senate Hearing Monday 2006-02-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2006, Help Educate Voters; Take Part in Online Poll; Reality Check on Governor’s “Incentives” 2006-02-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2006, School-Funding Update; U.S. House Passes Bad Budget Deal, 216 to 214; Governor’s Race Poll; Teacher-to-Voter Education 2006-02-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2006, Get Involved in TFT’s Voter-Education Project; Win a Decent Budget Deal in Congress; Have Your Say on the Governor’s Race 2006-01-31
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2006, Call Congress on Down-to-the-Wire Budget Vote; Have Your Say in Online Poll; TFT Opposes Perry’s Plan to Pay Teachers Bonuses Based on Test Scores 2006-01-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2006, TFT Testifies at Weslaco Tax Hearing; Vote in Online Gubernatorial Poll 2006-01-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2006, TFT Members, Take Part in Our Online Poll in the Governor’s Race! 2006-01-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2006, Action Alert: Budget Fight Resumes in Congress 2006-01-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2006, State Senators Talk of Scaled-Down Agenda; More on Tax Hearings 2006-01-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2006, State Senate Panel Meets on School “Reform,” Finance; Tax Panel Heads for Laredo, Valley 2006-01-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2006, Vote in TFT Poll on Governor’s Race; Read January Texas Teacher; TAKS Survey Results 2006-01-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2006, How to Get Respect at the State Capitol; How to Help AFT Disaster Survivors 2006-01-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2006, AFT Campaigns to Change No Child Left Behind Act 2006-01-19
Join the Teacher-To-Voter Project 2006-01-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2006, Governor Touts Vouchers; Hurricane Aid Trickles Down; Unfinished Budget Fight in Congress; Texas Tax Hearings Tomorrow 2006-01-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2006, Houston School Board Ties Bonuses to Test Scores 2006-01-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2006, TFT Testifies for Overhaul of No Child Left Behind Act 2006-01-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2006, Posted Online: Results of TFT Survey on the Use and Abuse of TAKS Testing, Benchmarking, Drilling 2006-01-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2006, TFT Opinion Survey on Governor’s Race; Teacher-to-Voter Education Project 2006-01-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2006, Hearing Shows School Aid Must Increase, Even If State Leaders Don’t Want to Hear It 2006-01-10
January 8, 2006, TFT Legislative Hotline: Getting It: The Press Picks Up on What’s Wrong With the “65-Percent Delusion” 2006-01-08
January 5, 2006, TFT Legislative Hotline: Vouchers Declared Unconstitutional in Florida; Tax Commission Hearings Set; State Okays Use of Funds for LEP Assessment Training 2006-01-05
January 4, 2006, TFT Legislative Hotline: Education at Issue in 2006 Elections; Federal Education Funding Took Pre-Holiday Hit; Hearing Set on School Finance; State Effort Rated Sub-Par in Education Quality Survey 2006-01-04
January 3, 2006 TFT Hotline: In Congress, Bad Budget Deal Still Pending; Hurricane Aid Contains De-Facto Vouchers 2006-01-03
January 2, 2006, TFT Legislative Hotline: Emerging Election Contests Offer Hope of End to Hostile Climate for Public Schools, Teacher Leader Says 2006-01-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2005, U.S. House Chops Student Aid in Post-Midnight Vote; Senate Votes Next–Act Now 2005-12-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2005, Message to Congress: Quit Playing Games With Hurricane Aid; Small Increase in State Minimum Teacher Pay Finally Confirmed 2005-12-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2005, On Education Aid and Vouchers, The End Game in Congress Gets Ugly–Call Now! 2005-12-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2005, Key Vote on Education Budget Coming in U.S. Senate Thursday: Call on Cornyn and Hutchison to Vote NO Against the Worst Education Spending Bill in a Decade 2005-12-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2005, Tax Commission Hears TFT Testify; Action Alert! Key Congressional Vote Tomorrow 2005-12-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2005, TRS Pension Briefing; Federal Education Budget 2005-12-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2005, TRS News; Key Votes Coming in Congress; Tax Commission in Victoria, Corpus Christi 2005-12-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2005, TFT Poses Questions for Governor’s Tax Commission–You Can Ask Them, Too 2005-12-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2005, Action Alert: Key Vote in U.S. House Tomorrow Afternoon–Call Congress! 2005-12-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2005, Attack on Texas Teacher Pensions Is Not Over 2005-12-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2005, Helping More than 15,000 Hurricane Evacuees–Your Fellow AFT Members 2005-12-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2005, Congress Resumes Fight Over Budget Plans that Ebenezer Scrooge Would Love 2005-12-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005, State Education Hearings Reflect Leadership Agenda; Tax Commission Hearing Dates Set 2005-12-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2005, Action Alert: Send Letter to Congress on Hurricane Aid for Texas Public Schools 2005-11-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2005, Service Credit on Teachers’ Minimum Pay Scale for Experience as a Teacher Aide 2005-11-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2005, Know Your Rights: New Law on Care of Students With Diabetes at School 2005-11-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2005, Now That the Court Has Ruled on School Finance, Legislative Battle Lines Form 2005-11-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2005, High Court Punts School-Funding Fight Back to Legislature, Warns of “Drift Toward Constitutional Inadequacy” 2005-11-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2005, State Tax Commission Gets Started; Public Education Committee to Meet Next Week 2005-11-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2005, Still No Final Ruling on School Finance; U.S. House Passes Bad Budget Bill, 217 to 215, But Key Education Cuts Blocked 2005-11-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2005, Action Alert: New Try Tonight in U.S. House to Cut Education, Boost Tax Breaks for Millionaires, Increase Federal Debt 2005-11-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2005, Send a Letter to Congress Urging Federal Financial Aid for Texas Public Schools Impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita 2005-11-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2005, Heads Up: Enrollment in Medicare Prescription-Drug Plans Begins 2005-11-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2005, State Board of Education, Live and Online; Bad Precedent on Aid to Private Schools Still a Threat 2005-11-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2005, Victories in Congressional Budget Skirmishes; Social Security Fairness Update; Pending Attractions 2005-11-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2005, A Victory Against Federal Vouchers; Budget Showdown Slated in U.S. House Tonight! 2005-11-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2005, Voucher Maneuvers in Congress; Election Returns 2005-11-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2005, Governor’s “Texas Tax Reform Commission” Is All Business 2005-11-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2005, Texans Vote on Proposition 2 Tomorrow; U.S. House Votes on Budget–Action Needed! 2005-11-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2005, TRS Update: Rule Changes, Investment Gains, Sunset Review 2005-11-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2005, Hurricane Relief Still Needed As Media Spotlight Fades; Correcting the Record 2005-11-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2005, Governor Announces Incentive Pay for 100 Campuses; What About the Other 7,808? 2005-11-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2005, Wording of Constitutional Amendment Earns Opposition 2005-11-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2005, Voucher Bill Voted Down in U.S. House Committee; Proposed U.S. Budget Cuts Take Aim at School Lunches 2005-10-31
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2005, No Action on School Finance, Again; Nation’s Report Card–How Did Texas Do? 2005-10-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2005, Ruling on School Finance, Naming of School-Tax Study Panel Could Come Tomorrow 2005-10-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2005, Congressional Votes on Education Budget, Post-Hurricane Vouchers 2005-10-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005, “Instructional” Spending Target of 65 Percent: Meaning What, Exactly? 2005-10-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2005, Texas AFL-CIO Urges Vote of “No” on Proposition 2, Says Workplace Benefits Could Be in Jeopardy 2005-10-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2005, Social Security Fairness Gains More Backers; Federal Bill on Post-Hurricane Aid Would Set Pro-Voucher Precedent 2005-10-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2005, Votes Lacking So Far for U.S. House Plan to Cut Student Aid; Texas House Committees Get Interim Study Tasks 2005-10-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2005, TFT Questions Perry’s 65-Percent Gimmick 2005-10-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2005, Commissioner Convenes Task Force on 65-Percent “Instructional” Spending Requirement 2005-10-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2005, Action Alert: U.S. House Leaders Seek Cuts in Student Loans to Finance Tax Cuts, While Increasing Federal Debt 2005-10-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2005, No Ruling on School Finance Today, But a Hint of Things to Come 2005-10-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1174)–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2005, TEA Offers Guidance on Pay for Contract Personnel and Easing of Accountability Ratings for Hurricane-Affected Districts 2005-10-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2005, Teachers’ Discretionary Authority to Remove Disruptive Students 2005-10-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2005, Preview: October Edition of Texas Teacher 2005-10-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2005, Unmet Needs 2005-10-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2005, Pay Questions After Hurricane Closures 2005-10-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2005, Texas Teacher Pay Drops $6,121 Behind National Average–Worst in Nation Measured Against Average Private-Sector Pay 2005-10-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2005, TAKS Passing Rates: Two Cheers 2005-10-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2005, TRS “Clarifies” Exception to Retire/Rehire Surcharges; Stop Raid on Student Aid 2005-10-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2005, AFT Counters Post-Hurricane Voucher Proposal; Acting House Majority Leader Has Cosponsored Social Security Fairness 2005-10-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2005, No School-Finance Court Ruling Yet; TEA Guidance on Hurricane-Related School Closings, Other Issues 2005-10-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2005, Milestone for Social Security Fairness Act; Post-Hurricane Waiver of Federal School Sanctions 2005-09-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2005, Charter Study by Charter Boosters Urges (What Else) Charter Expansion 2005-09-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2005, Update on Hurricane Relief; AFT Backs Emergency Health-Care Aid for Hurricane Victims; New Study Sees Folly of “65 Percent” Gimmick 2005-09-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2005, Sizing Up State Tax Study; Correcting Bad Information on School Diabetes-Care Law 2005-09-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2005, Hurricane-Related Education Funding; Update on Head Start Legislation 2005-09-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2005, Gov. Perry Announces Bipartisan Panel on Taxes, Names Former Comptroller Sharp as Chair; A Tip if You Need Hurricane Relief 2005-09-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2005, AFT Stance on School Readiness Act of 2005, Coming Up For a U.S. House Vote Tomorrow 2005-09-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2005, Thank You, Sandy Feldman 2005-09-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2005, A Misuse of Power in the Aftermath of Katrina 2005-09-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2005, School Vouchers as Federal Disaster Aid? Perry’s Post-Session Spending Plan On Hold 2005-09-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2005, Hurricane Relief, Recovery Efforts Will Continue for the Long Haul 2005-09-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2005, Federal Funding for Additional Students In Doubt; TRS Rules On Surcharges For Temporary Employment of Retirees; Standardized Testing Survey 2005-09-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2005, Status Report and Action Item on Social Security Fairness 2005-09-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2005, Ruling Expected on School Funding; New Info for Hurricane Evacuees; Donations Made Easy 2005-09-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2005, TRS Pension Assets Rise to New Heights; Update on Hurricane Relief; Commissioner Addresses Issues Raised by Influx of New Students 2005-09-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2005, Online Donations for Hurricane Relief Made Easy; Education Agenda Items in Congress 2005-09-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2005, More on Texas Hurricane Response; Option of Online Donations 2005-09-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2005, TFT Launches Hurricane Aid Effort (Plus Preview of Update on New Certificate, TRS Rule, TFT Crisis Concerns, Suggestions) 2005-09-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2005, TFT Hurricane Relief Efforts Gather Momentum; Labor Day on the Internet 2005-09-02
September 1, 2005 TFT Legislative Hotline: Hurricane Katrina Alters Agenda for Texas Education Agency, School Districts; Help for Displaced AFT Members 2005-09-01
August 31, 2005 TFT Legislative Hotline: TRS Benefit Cuts, Part Four; Help AFT Members Affected by Hurricane Katrina 2005-08-31
August 30, 2005 TFT Legislative Hotline: What’s the Word on Your Health-Care Stipend? 2005-08-30
August 29, 2005 TFT Legislative Hotline: TRS Benefit Cuts, Part Three 2005-08-30
August 26, 2005 TFT Legislative Hotline: TRS Benefit Cuts, Continued; Higher Education Act: Stop the Raid on Student Aid 2005-08-27
August 25, 2005 TFT Legislative Hotline: TRS Benefit Cuts Coming; TEA Says Slight Boost in Minimum Pay Not a Sure Thing 2005-08-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2005, Federal Update: AFT Proposes Fixes for Flawed “Adequate Yearly Progress” Standard 2005-08-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2005, TEA Data Undercut the Governor’s “65 Percent” Gimmick; Still Time to Say Your Piece on Testing 2005-08-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2005, Governor’s 65-Percent Gimmick: A Distraction from Real Problems, Real Solutions 2005-08-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2005, TFT Responds to End of Legislative Session, Governor’s Press Conference 2005-08-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2005, What We Can Learn From “Adequate Yearly Progress” Ratings 2005-08-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2005, Failed Legislative Session Is Over in All But Name, but Leaders Won’t Leave Town 2005-08-17
August 16, 2005 TFT Legislative Hotline: Legislative Inaction But No Adjournment Yet 2005-08-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2005, With Time Growing Short in Special Session, Bad Bills Seem Stuck in Neutral–Let’s Keep Them That Way 2005-08-16
Texas Can Do Better! Reject Faulty School and Tax Plans, SB 8 and HB 8. 2005-08-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2005, With One Week Left in Special Session, House Committee Recycles Bad School, Tax Bills; Federal Law on Special-Ed TAKS Testing Eased 2005-08-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2005, With Legislative Leaders at Odds, House Panel Makes Feeble Attempt to Revive Education and Tax Plans 2005-08-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2005, House Speaker Slams Senate Education Plan, But Hearing Set Nonetheless; Textbook Emergency Used to Pass Technology Funding in House 2005-08-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2005, Bad School Bill Passes, After Reaching Senate Floor by One-Vote Margin; Better Alternative Defeated, 12 to 17; Now What? 2005-08-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2005, Senate to Vote Tuesday on Bad SB 8 Education Plan, House on Textbook/Technology Bill 2005-08-08
Block SB 8! Raise Teacher Pay, Restore Health Stipends, Fund Textbooks. 2005-08-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2005, “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”–Bad Senate Education Plan Reported From Committee; If No Bill Passes, No New Textbooks? 2005-08-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2005, Your Rights Under New “Unlicensed Diabetes Care” Law; Applications for Paraprofessional Tuition Exemptions Available; Lt. Gov. Dewhurst Still Pushing Bad School Bill 2005-08-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2005, As Bipartisan Plan Emerges to Rival Senate Leadership Bill, House Speaker Says No Deal Can Pass and Urges Adjournment 2005-08-04
Support SB 37, Oppose SB 8! Raise Teacher Pay, Restore Health Stipends, Fund Textbooks. 2005-08-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2005, Eltife-Ellis Plan Draws Support, But Not From Dewhurst; TFT Speaks Out for Real Education Reform, Properly Funded; What’s Happening to Your Health-Care Supplement 2005-08-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2005, Bipartisan Alternative to SB 8 Emerges: Teacher Pay, Health Stipends, Textbooks–Period; Is Texas Testing Students Too Much? Your Input Needed 2005-08-02
August 1, 2005, TFT Legislative Hotline: TFT Opposes Repackaged Senate School Bill; Governor Signals Okay of Education Budget He Vetoed; School Rankings Show Charter Schools Have Problems 2005-08-02
July 29, 2005 TFT Hotline: Old Wine, New Bottle-School-Finance Repackaged, Not Rethought; Ill-Advised Certification Change Blocked 2005-07-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2005, Senate School Bill Blocked; New Bill to be Offered, With Hearing on Monday, August 1 2005-07-28
We Can Do Better! Block SB 2 2005-07-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2005, Thank Legislators For Heeding the Folks Back Home…But Are State Leaders Listening? (Plus Further Word on How Four State Reps Voted Yesterday) 2005-07-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2005, “Big Three” State Leaders Take A Beating as Bad School and Tax Bills Die in House 2005-07-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JULY 25, 2005, Senate Opposition to Bad School Bill Stiffens; Action Needed Now–House Votes Tuesday on Both Halves of Bad Package, HB 2 and HB 3 2005-07-25
We Can Do Better: Vote NO on HB 2 and HB 3! 2005-07-25
We Can Do Better … Block SB 2! 2005-07-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2005, Legislative Leaders Tip Their Hand, Will Try to Ram Through Same Bad Bills Again 2005-07-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2005, Filibuster Kills Bad Education Bill; Battle Lines Drawn for Second Special Session 2005-07-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2005, Second Special Session Expected Tomorrow, With Tax Bill Dead, School Bill Filibustered; Vetoed Education Budget Passes Again 2005-07-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2005, Tax Bill Dead For Now, But Bad School Bill Could Pass Tomorrow; Ballyhooed Pay Raise Boils Down to Less Than $40 a Month; Senate Also Quietly Kills Higher Minimum Salary 2005-07-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JULY 18, 2005,Urgent Action Needed to Head Off Disastrous Education and Tax Bills 2005-07-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2005, Options Narrow, New Funds for Schools Dwindle as Clock Winds Down on Special Session 2005-07-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2005, No Deal Yet on Major School and Tax Bills in Austin, and No Deal Worth Making in Sight 2005-07-16
Oppose HB 2 and HB 3! 2005-07-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2005, Grass-Roots Action and a Timely “Tag” Stop Latest TRS Pension Attack! (Plus an Update on Social Security Fairness) 2005-07-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2005, Senate Hearing on SB 8 Pension Cuts Tomorrow; Senate Tax Negotiators Named 2005-07-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2005, Hearing on Pension Attack Blocked for 48 Hours; HB 2 Negotiations Behind Closed Doors; House Names Tax Negotiators and Gives Them Instructions 2005-07-13
Enough is Enough! Stop the Attacks on Teacher Pensions! 2005-07-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JULY 11, 2005, TRS Pensions Under Assault; Senate Passes Middle-Class Tax Increase With Zero New Money For Education, Tied to Bad Educational Policy 2005-07-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2005, Tax Bill Stalled in State Senate; Money Bills In Motion; Update on TRS Threat Coming Monday 2005-07-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY/SATURDAY, JULY 8-9, 2005, Double Action Alert: Bad Tax Bill Coming to Vote Sunday in Texas Senate; New Bill Attacking TRS Retirement Benefits Filed by Sen. Duncan 2005-07-09
Stop New Attack on Pension Benefits! 2005-07-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2005, Bad Tax Bill Wins Tepid House Approval; Senate Version Coming Next; House-Senate Conferees Named on Major School Bill 2005-07-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2005, Disastrous Tax Bill Passes First Hurdle by One Vote in House; Senator Vows New Attempt to Cut Pension Benefits for Current Employees 2005-07-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2005, ACTION NEEDED NOW: HB 3 Rips Off Middle-Class Taxpayers, Provides Zero New Dollars for Public Education–Urge Your State Rep to Vote NO! 2005-07-06
Protect Texas Taxpayers and Schoolchildren: Vote NO on HB 3 2005-07-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2005, If You Are Not Completely Appalled, Then You Haven’t Been Paying Attention: Bill To Raise Middle-Class Taxes, Cut Taxes for the Wealthy, Provide Zero Dollars for Education 2005-07-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2005, Texas Senate Recycles Inadequate School Bill From Regular Session, With a New Voter-Approval Provision Attached 2005-06-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2005, Bad Tax Bill Advances on Party-Line Vote in Committee; Senate to Vote Tomorrow on Education Finance, “Reforms”; How House Members Voted on HB 2 2005-06-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2005, House Wages All-Day Battle Over School Finance and “Reform,” as Senate Puts Action on Hold Pending House Outcome; Key Hochberg Amendment Loses by One Vote 2005-06-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2005, Another Train Wreck Around the Next Bend at the Capitol–Plus One Way to Avoid It 2005-06-28
GET Real–STOP Inadequate, Destructive School-Finance Legislation 2005-06-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SUNDAY, JUNE 26,2005, Action Alert: They’re Back and Bad as Ever, If Not Worse–House and Senate School-Finance Bills Shortchange Students and Educators, Propagate Destructive Policies 2005-06-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2005, Despite Simmering Feud Over Tax Bill, Dangerous School-Finance Plans Still Heading Toward Votes Next Week 2005-06-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2005, Today’s Box Score: Bills on School Finance and Policy Advance, Tax Bill Falters 2005-06-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2005, School-Finance, Tax Bills Get Hearing, While Promised School Aid Keeps Shrinking; New IRS Rules Allow More Time to Use “Cafeteria” Benefits 2005-06-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2005, Three Plans and a Press Release–No Consensus on School Finance as Special Session Starts; Good News for Paras on Deadline for NCLB Compliance 2005-06-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2005, Governor Signs Bill to Cut TRS Pension Benefits, Vetoes Minimum Salary Increase, Leaves School Funding in Ditch 2005-06-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2005, Governor Vetoes Education Budget, Calls Special Session, Draws Re-Election Opponent 2005-06-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY-FRIDAY, JUNE 16-17, 2005, TFT Elects New President; Governor Expected to Announce Special Session 2005-06-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2005, New State Minimum Salary Schedule for 2005-2006 School Year; Talk of Special Session 2005-06-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2005, Commissioner of Education Upholds TFT Position–State Minimum Pay Boosted for Educators; TRS Pension Cuts Still Pending on Governor’s Desk–Take Action! 2005-06-14
TFT Update, June 1, 2005 2005-06-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2005, What the Legislature Did, Part Four: More Bills Awaiting the Governor’s Say-So 2005-06-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JUNE 10, Senate Budget Bill Carries Pay Raise for Minimum Salary Schedule Employees; Agreement Helps Wilmer-Hutchins Teachers, But Your Help is Still Needed 2005-06-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005, A New Ploy: Minor Tweaking of An Unfair Social Security Offset as Bait for Legislation to Gut Social Security 2005-06-09
June 8, 2005 TFT Legislative Hotline: What the Legislature Did, Part Three: Bills Awaiting the Governor’s Action 2005-06-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, What the Legislature Did, Part Two: More Measures Awaiting the Governor’s Signature 2005-06-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2005, What the Legislature Did: Notable Bills Awaiting the Governor’s Signature 2005-06-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2005, Official Seventh-Year Study of Texas Charter Schools Ought to Sober Up Charter Boosters 2005-06-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2005, TRS Pension Cuts: What SB 1691 Will Do If Not Vetoed by the Governor 2005-06-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2005, Pension Cuts for 475,00 Education Employees on the Governor’s Desk: Call for a Veto! 2005-06-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2005, Talk of Special Session is Likely Just That, as House-Senate Sniping Continues; TRS Pension Cuts Deserve Veto; Social Security Fairness Gathers Support 2005-06-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MAY 30, 2005, Letting Down the Schoolchildren and Teachers of Texas 2005-05-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2005, The Legislature Taketh…and Then Taketh Away Some More; For School Finance and Taxes, It’s All Over But the Finger-Pointing 2005-05-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2005, Action Alert: Governor, Please Veto TRS Pension Cuts; New Budget Offers Little Gain for Education, Imposes New Health-Care Costs on Retirees, With School and Tax Bills All But Dead 2005-05-29
Governor Perry: Veto SB 1691! 2005-05-28
May 27, 2005 TFT Legislative Hotline: Further Harm to TRS Pensions Avoided, Thanks to Grass-Roots Outcry – Next Stop, Governor Perry; Backroom Dealings on School & Tax Bills, But Still No Deals 2005-05-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2005, Deadline Nears for House-Senate Deals on School and Tax Plans; TFT Members Honor 12 Senators Who Fought Off Harsher TRS Pension Cuts 2005-05-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2005, Second Wave of TRS Benefit Cuts Blocked in Texas Senate! 2005-05-25
Action Alert: Call Your Senator Now to Stop TRS Benefit Cuts! 2005-05-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2005, How the Voucher Lobby Was Foiled; The Fight Goes On Against TRS Benefit Cuts 2005-05-25
TFT Legislative Hotline (800-764-1177)–Monday, May 23, 2005, A Win Against Vouchers, a Defeat on TRS Benefit Cuts, And One More Attack on Pensions Looming Tomorrow–Get Active 2005-05-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2005, Homework Assignment: Contact Legislators Monday AM Against Vouchers, Pension Cuts 2005-05-22
May 11, 2005 TFT Legislative Hotline: House Floor Votes Set for Sunday PM on TRS Pension Cuts, Monday on Private-School Vouchers — Make Your Voice Heard 2005-05-21
May 20, 2005 TFT Legislative Hotline: School and Tax Bills Sinking? Vouchers Alive? TRS Benefits at Risk? 2005-05-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2005, Duncan Pushes For Deeper TRS Benefit Cuts; New TRS and Voucher Letters on Web 2005-05-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2005, Two Bills to Cut TRS Benefits–Bad to Worse; Voucher Amendment Added to TEA Sunset Bill–Action Needed Now 2005-05-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2005, TRS Benefit Cuts Get Preliminary Okay in Senate, But Your Calls Can Still Affect the Outcome 2005-05-18
Stop Cutting TRS Benefits! 2005-05-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MAY 16, 2005, TRS Benefit Cuts on Senate Agenda; Senate Conferees Named on HB 2 and HB 3 2005-05-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2005, Action Alert–TRS Benefit Cuts Up for Senate Vote; More Key Senate Votes on School Finance; And Some Good News 2005-05-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2005, Scary: Your Legislature in Action on Friday the 13th 2005-05-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2005, More on School-Finance Votes; TRS Pension Cutbacks Moving in Senate; Voucher Vigil 2005-05-13
Become an AFT e-Activist and Enter Our Drawing for an iPod! 2005-05-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2005, Senate Majority Rejects Key Attempts to Fix School-Finance Bill; House Debate on TRS Pension Cutbacks Starts Well, Then Short-Circuits 2005-05-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2005, Senate Grinds Into Gear on Tax-Swap Bill; Action Alert: Ask Your State Rep to Vote No on Pension Cuts! 2005-05-11
Stop Cutting TRS Benefits! Vote No on HB 2568 May 11! 2005-05-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MAY 9, 2005, Bill on School Finance Stalls, But Vehicles for Vouchers, TRS Pension Cuts on the Move 2005-05-09
Senate School-Finance Plan Lacks Dollars and Sense 2005-05-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2005, Today’s Topics–School Finance and Taxes; Bill to Raise Penalty for Assaulting a School Employee 2005-05-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2005, No New Education Dollars in Senate Version of Tax Bill; School-Nurse Staffing Gets a Hearing; Voucher Bill, TRS Benefit Cuts Get House Committee Okay 2005-05-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2005, Senate Delays Both Debate on School Finance and Committee Vote on Tax Bill; TFT Testifies Against Proposed TRS Benefit Cuts 2005-05-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2005, TFT Speaks Against Unbalanced Education Plan–Time For You to Speak to Your Senator; Update on Social Security Fairness 2005-05-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MAY 2, 2005, Action Needed–Senate Finance Plan Fails to Assure Adequate Education Funding, Now or Ever; Reality Check on Teacher Pay Raise 2005-05-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2005 (Part Two), Education Priorities Underfunded, Out of Balance, With 30 Days to Go in Regular Session 2005-05-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2005 (Part One), TRS Benefit Take-Aways, With “Grandfather” Clauses, on Menu for Legislature 2005-05-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2005, Senate Panel Backslides Before Passing School-Finance Bill; Lawmakers Push TRS Pension Take-Aways, With “Grandfather” Clauses for Current Employees 2005-04-29
TFT Update, May 1, 2005 2005-04-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2005, Finally a Step Forward–State Senate Panel Votes For Full $1,000 Health-Care Stipend for All Teachers and Support Staff; Federal Budget Plan Slights Education 2005-04-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2005, As Bill to Repeal Social Security Offsets Gains Strength, Texas Congressman Offers an Alternate Bill to Reduce But Retain One Offset 2005-04-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2005, TFT Testifies on Good and Bad Bills in House Public Education Hearing 2005-04-28
TFT Virtual Lobby Day 2005-04-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2005, New Senate Draft of HB 2 Still Needs Fixing 2005-04-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2005, Update on TRS Legislation 2005-04-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (1-800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2005, Texas House Promotes Technology Over Textbooks; Bills on TEA, SBEC, Higher Ed, Pensions, Health Care 2005-04-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2005, Discontent With Federal Education Directives, Lack of Resources Boils Over 2005-04-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2005, TFT Local Wins El Paso Election; House Panel Hears Bill on Employee Due Process; Lobby Your Senator For Adequate Education Funding, Pay; “Virtual Vouchers” 2005-04-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY , APRIL 18, 2005, Social Security Fairness; Action Alert on Federal Higher-Ed Funding; Due Process for All Employees Gets a Hearing 2005-04-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2005, TFT Urges State Senators to Improve School-Finance Bill; More Social Security Fairness Supporters Lining Up 2005-04-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2005, With 46 Days to Go, Lots of Bills Affecting PreK-12 and Higher Education Get a Hearing 2005-04-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2005, Senate Panel Hears TFT Accountability Testimony; TFT Backs Time Off for Parents to Visit Their Children’s School 2005-04-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2005, Constitutional Change to Shrink School Tax Base Defeated; Diabetes Bill Advances 2005-04-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2005, The Official Record: Close Vote on Restoring Your Health-Care Money Analyzed 2005-04-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2005, Is There Fire Behind the Smoke About a Minimum Retirement Age of 60? 2005-04-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2005, The View from “40,000 Feet” Versus the View From the Trenches: Pay, Benefits, Incentives and “Educator Quality” Debated in Senate Education Hearing 2005-04-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teacher 2005) Bid to Restore Health-Care Stipend for All School Employees Falls Just Three Votes Short 2005-04-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1174)–TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) House Budget Debate Tomorrow Offers Chance to Restore Health-Care Stipend for All; Coalition Takes on Voucher Lobby; Senate Draft School Bill 2005-04-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) Bills to Revamp TEA, SBEC Could Be Magnets for Mischief; TFT Backs Bills on Higher Education 2005-04-05
TFT Update, April 5, 2005 (corrected) 2005-04-04
TFT Update, April 5, 2005 2005-04-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2005: Vouchers Action Alert; TFT Opposes Erosion of Higher-Ed Health Benefits, Supports School Security, College Access, Safe Schools Enforcement, Recorded Votes on Legislation 2005-04-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) TFT Urges Senate Rewrite of House School Plan 2005-04-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) TFT Nurses Testify on Diabetes Care; TFT Pushes for Boost in Aid to Community Colleges 2005-03-31
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) House Budget Has Holes; School Funding Tackled in Senate; House Panels Hear TFT on Due Process, Diabetes Care, Language Learning, and Clean Buses 2005-03-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) TRS-Active Care Changes, State Accountability Ratings, Upcoming Hearings 2005-03-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) Texas Senate Passes Budget Bill; TRS Reports on Pension Fund; Coming Attractions 2005-03-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) Wide Array of Bills, From Vouchers to Student Discipline, on Agenda in Austin 2005-03-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) Comptroller Has Bad News for House on Tax Bill: It’s a Billion-Dollar Tax Increase Yet Still Doesn’t Raise Enough to Cover Promised Property-Tax 2005-03-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) TFT Lobby Day Draws Crowd; Senate Budget Bill Emerges; Social Security Fairness Gets a Boost in Texas House; Voucher Alert! 2005-03-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) Bills Offer Simple Decency for School Employees; TFT Fights for State Payment of Health-Care Stipend to all Employees 2005-03-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Social Security News, State Budget Action, and Retire/Rehire Restrictions 2005-03-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) TFT School Nurses Lead Fight for Schoolchildren’s Health Care; Updates Coming On Pension, Budget, Social Security Issues 2005-03-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) Senate Vows to Rewrite HB 2, HB 3; Update on Notable Committee Hearings 2005-03-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Texas House Passes Bad Tax Bill, 78 to 70; Contact Your Senator! 2005-03-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) TFT Rallies at Capitol; Good-For-Nothing Tax Bill Still on Floor; HB 2 + HB 3 = 0 2005-03-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Social Security Fairness; TFT Rally and Lobby Day at the State Capitol on Monday 2005-03-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Tax Bill Still Stalled; Bad Education Plan Passes, 75 to 69; Social Security Update Coming 2005-03-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Bad Tax Bill, Tied to Bad Education Plan, Stalls in House; You Still Have Time to Speak Out Against Both! 2005-03-11
Urge Your State Rep to Vote NO on HB 3! 2005-03-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) House School Plan Narrowly Approved, But Plan Hinges On Tax Bill Up For a Vote Tomorrow 2005-03-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Texas House Up to No Good on School Bill: Real Pay Raise Voted Down, Sham Pay Raise Passed; Health-Care Money Voted Down, Equity Voted Down 2005-03-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)-MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) TFT Members Seen and Heard at Capitol; Business Coalition Withdraws Support From School-Finance Bill; Tax Bill Bites Deeper; Calls and E-Mails Count 2005-03-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) HB 2 Plus HB 3 = Bad News for Texas Schoolchildren: Action Required to Block Bad Plan 2005-03-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)-THURSDAY, March 3, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Floor Fight On Bad Education Bill Set for Next Tuesday; A Better Option 2005-03-04
TFT HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) TRS Benefits at Risk; Tax Bill Provides Nothing for Public Education; New Cosponsors for Social Security Fairness 2005-03-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Time to Say “No” to a Bad Education Bill; TRS Benefits Also Under Attack 2005-03-02
Stop “Merit Pay” Schemes and Funding Tricks–Vote No on HB 2 2005-03-01
TFT Update, March 1, 2005 2005-03-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) House Bill on School Funding and Merit Pay Faces Barrage of Criticism at Hearing 2005-02-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Poll Shows Legislative Proposals Out of Sync With Public Views on Education, Teacher Pay 2005-02-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Bad House Education Bill Gets Worse; Robbing Peter to Pay Paul 2005-02-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Budget Mischief; House Education Agenda in Flux 2005-02-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) TFT Senate Testimony; A Boost for Teacher Aides; Rumblings on Budget and HB 2 2005-02-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Updates on School Finance, Vouchers, Noteworthy Testimony in Texas Legislature 2005-02-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Lawsuit on School Funding Goes to Supreme Court; Federal Budget Plan Analyzed 2005-02-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Social Security Fairness Gaining Support; Disarray on School Finance 2005-02-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) TFT Data on Education Cuts Bolster Critique of HB 2; Education Budget Under the Microscope 2005-02-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Budget Committees Count Costs of Undoing 2003 Education Cuts; Business 2005-02-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) TFT Speaks Out for Funding of Health-Care Stipend, State School Aid; Social Security Fairness Gets More Support 2005-02-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) State Rep Files Resolution Calling on Congress to Pass Social Security Fairness Act 2005-02-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) House Finance Formulas Faulty; Governor’s Push for Appraisal Caps Challenged; TFT Calls for Restoring Retirement, Health-Care Funding 2005-02-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)-WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Flaws in House Plan on School Finance; Spotlight on Property Taxes; More 2005-02-10
TFT Legislative Hotline (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) TFT Testifies on Budget Priorities in Senate; House Committee Starts Slogging Through School Finance 2005-02-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) TFT Testifies on K-12 Education Budget; Higher Education Issues Reviewed; Senate Panel to Hear About No Child Left Behind Act 2005-02-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) House School-Finance Plan Assessed; Key Subcommittee Hearing Next Week; New Toll-Free Line For Your Social Security Fairness Calls to Congress 2005-02-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) House Bill on School Funding Filed, Leaving Much to be Desired 2005-02-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) House Committees Still in Throat-Clearing Phase; No Change on Senate Education Panel 2005-02-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers) Test-Cheating Data Doubted; TRS Numbers Game; Education Panel’s Wish List 2005-02-02
TFT Update, February 1, 2005 2005-02-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) Social Security Fairness Needs Cosponsors; House Public Education Time Line Announced 2005-02-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) An Early Push for Private-School Vouchers–Contact Your Legislators in Opposition! 2005-01-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Texas House Committees Named Today Will Play Key Roles in School Finance, Education “Reform” 2005-01-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2005 (copyright 2005 Texas Federation of Teachers) Governor Asserts Education Priorities; TFT Responds; The Real Action Is About to Start 2005-01-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) Governor Defines Education “Reform,” Not Education Funding, As Emergency Item 2005-01-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2005 (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) This Week at the Texas Legislature: The State of the State, Committee Assignments, An Election Challenge, and More Bills Worth Noting 2005-01-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2005, (copyright Texas Federation of Teachers 2005) Bills Piling Up in Texas Legislature, But Committees Not Yet Named to Hear Them 2005-01-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177): THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2005, Consequences of the No Child Left Behind Act: Disrupting After-School Tutoring? 2005-01-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2005, Compensation for Employees Injured on the Job: Due for an Overhaul 2005-01-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2005, Legislative Budget Plans: Not a Good Start for Education Employees’ Health Care 2005-01-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2005, Legislature Takes a Break; Chocolate Cake and School Finance; SBEC Action 2005-01-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2005, Social Security Fairness Update and Action Alert 2005-01-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2005, Texas Senate Unveils First Draft of Education Plan; Sunset Commission Calls 2005-01-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2005, State Legislature Begins 140-Day Session: Action Time for Educators 2005-01-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2005, Comptroller Sees Modest Surplus, Calls for Better Education Funding; Governor Puts School Finance on Emergency Agenda; Education Commissioner Addresses Test Cheating Charges 2005-01-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2005, Social Security Fairness Act Returns as HR 147; Texas Leaders Still Putting Emphasis on Tax Shifts Rather Than Increased School Funding 2005-01-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2005, Senate Finance Still Talking About “Increasing the Rule of 80”; AFT Greets Nomination of Margaret Spellings as U.S. Education Secretary 2005-01-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2005, State Board of Education Reverses Decision on Permanent School Fund; More Pre-Filed Bills 2005-01-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2005, Social Security Fairness in the New Congress; Federal Funding Amounts for Texas Education; More Pre-Filed Bills in Texas Legislature 2005-01-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (1-800-764-7711)–MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 2005, Pre-Filed Bills Keep Coming, With Texas Legislature Due Back in Austin Next Week 2005-01-03
TFT Update, January 1, 2005 2005-01-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2004, Legislative Foxes Seen Sniffing Around Retirement Hen House 2004-12-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2004, Voucher Attack Emerging for 2005 Texas Legislative Session 2004-12-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2004, Comptroller Calls for Higher Teacher Pay 2004-12-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2004, TFT Testifies on TEA and SBEC Sunset 2004-12-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2004, The Legislature Will Consider Whether to Mandate a Later School Start Date 2004-12-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2004, Noteworthy Pre-Filed Bills; SBEC News 2004-12-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2004, TRS Update on Health, Pension Programs 2004-12-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2004, Senate Education Committee’s Recommendations: An Assessment (Part Two) 2004-12-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2004, Senate Education Committee’s Recommendations: An Assessment (Part One) 2004-12-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2004, Contact Congress to Demand Social Security Fairness! 2004-12-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2004, Court Ruling Against State System of School Funding Targets Unequal Facilities 2004-12-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2004, School -Finance Ruling Cites Teacher Shortage as Key Symptom of Inadequate Funding 2004-12-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2004, AFT Analyzes Law on Individualized Education Programs for Students With Disabilities 2004-12-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2004, School-Finance Judgment Documents Inadequacy of State Funding 2004-12-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2004, Federal Spending on Education: Ongoing Failure to Support Higher Standards 2004-11-30
TFT Update, December 1, 2004 2004-11-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2004, More About the Rewrite of Federal Law on Special Education 2004-11-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1174)–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2004, Federal Report on Charter Schools Confirms State Finding of Lagging Performance 2004-11-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2004, TEA Regulation of Charter Schools Faulted; Bill Pre-filed to Exempt “Exemplary” Districts from Laws on Class Size, Teacher Certification 2004-11-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2004, Actual Pension Gains But Actuarial Losses? The Bottom Line Is That Legislators Should Restore Contributions to TRS Pension Fund 2004-11-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2004, Federal Special-Ed Law About to Change; More Pre-Filed State Bills Worth Noting 2004-11-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2004, TFT Welcomes Nominee for Education Secretary to the Fray; Governor’s Business Council Misdiagnoses Issues, Prescribes Snake Oil 2004-11-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2004, New Education Secretary Faces Problems Implementing 2002 No Child Left Behind Act 2004-11-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2004, Congress Back in Session, Briefly–Turn Up the Volume for Social Security Fairness! 2004-11-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2004, Joint Intermim Committee on Higher Education Releases Report 2004-11-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2004, SBEC Disciplinary Rules Revision Committee Meets; More Pre-Filed Bills of Interest 2004-11-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2004, More New Bills Pre-Filed for the 2005 Legislative Session, Including Pay Raises 2004-11-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2004, Suddenly, a Push to Change the Law on Special Education in Congress; Have Your Say! 2004-11-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2004, Pre-Filing of Bills Begins in Texas Legislature: Vouchers, Discipline, Health Insurance Among the Education Measures Filed on First Day 2004-11-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2004, State Board of Education News; Bills Start Going in the Hopper Monday in Austin 2004-11-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2004, Congress in Lame-Duck Session Soon–Don’t Let Them Forget Social Security Fairness 2004-11-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2004, State Board of Education to Discuss Health Texts, School Funding, Bilingual Education, Student Discipline 2004-11-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2004, State Attorney General Rules For TFT on Open-Records Request to See Aetna HRA Contract 2004-11-03
TFT HOTLINE (800-7640-1177)–MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2004, TFT President Welcomes Reversal of Policy Easing Requests for Waiver of Class-Size Caps–But Adds a Caution; One More Reminder–Don’t Forget to Vote 2004-11-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2004, The Commissioner Retreats on Class-Size Policy, But The Fight Is Not Over 2004-10-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (1-800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2004, Early Voting Ends Friday at 7 PM; Action Campaigns on TFT Web Site Get Attention 2004-10-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2004, Cheerleading for Charter Schools Is Not Enough; Early Voting 2004-10-28
TFT Update, Nov. 1, 2004 2004-10-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2004, Updates on School Finance, Class Size 2004-10-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2004, TFT Files Lawsuit to Block Weakening of Class-Size Caps 2004-10-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2004, TEA, SBEC Budget Requests Under Scrutiny on Monday; Update on Class-Size Waivers 2004-10-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2004, Task Force on School Start Date; Judge Says Teacher Reprimand Confidential 2004-10-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2004, More Evidence of Low Performance by Texas Charter Schools; TFT Speaks Up For Children’s Health Care 2004-10-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2004, Texas Teacher Highlights ; Data on Private-School Attendance Debunked 2004-10-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2004, Class-Size Waivers; Election Central; U.S. Education Department Propaganda Campaign 2004-10-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2004, Early Voting Starts Monday, October 18; Social Security Fairness Act Still Pending 2004-10-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2004, Districts Play Catch-Up This Month on Funding of Your Health-Care Stipend; Now Comes the Campaign to Restore the Full $1,0 2004-10-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2004, Class-Size Waivers Get Editorial Thumbs-Down; Upcoming State Senate Hearings on Higher Education, Children’s Health Care 2004-10-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2004, TFT, Coalition Partners Press Commissioner to Revoke Easing of Class-Size Waivers; Committee Hearing on Dropout Issue Coming Up in Houston 2004-10-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2004, TFT’s Fight Against Bid to Weaken Class-Size Law Gains Momentum, Coalition Partners 2004-10-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2004, Congress Increases Loan Forgiveness for Certain Teachers; Help Defend Class-Size Limits 2004-10-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2004 2004-10-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2004, Proposal to Ease TAKS Passing Standards; State Sales-Tax Deductibility and School Finance 2004-10-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2004, Education Commissioner Tries Back-Door Approach to Weaken Class-Size Limits 2004-10-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2004, Percolating Issues: Care of Diabetic Students by Non-Medical Personnel; School-Finance Case 2004-10-06
TFT Update, October 1, 2004 2004-10-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2004, Reforming the No Child Left Behind Act; Joint Conference on Educational Issues This Month 2004-10-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2004, School Ratings Reflect Continuing Improvement But Problems with Charter Schools and Contradictory Federal Ratings 2004-10-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2004, TRS Advises Districts on Payment of September Health-Care Stipend; Gleanings From Senate Finance Committee on TRS Health, Pension Spending 2004-09-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2004, Local TFT Leaders Testify on Rhetoric, Reality of No Child Left Behind Act 2004-09-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2004, ACTION NEEDED: Call for Funding to Restore Full $1,000 Health-Care Stipend 2004-09-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2004, Tax Deduction for Supply Purchases Extended Two Years; House Education Hearing News on Certification, Testing, School Finance 2004-09-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2004, TRS Makes It Official: Aetna HRA Contract Terminated; TEA To Identify Schools Falling Short of Federal “Progress” Standards on September 30 2004-09-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2004, Breaking Ranks With Tom DeLay on Social Security Fairness; No Fees Deducted from Health-Care Stipend for September, TRS Says 2004-09-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2004, TFT Senate Testimony Welcomes Demise of HRAs, Calls for Restoring Full $1,000 Pass-Through, But Others Tout HRAs or Similar HSAs for the Future 2004-09-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2004, Ending HRAs and Learning Some Lessons; D.C. Voucher Fight Renewed 2004-09-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2004 2004-09-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2004, With Charter Schools in Need of Supervision, TFT Offers Reform Ideas to Sunset Commission 2004-09-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2004, Judge Rules State School-Finance System Violates Constitution; TFT Testifies on Funding for Mentoring, Other Programs 2004-09-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2004, Updates on School Finance and the HRA Rip-off 2004-09-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2004, School Finance, Supply Reimbursement, and HRAs 2004-09-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2004, A Retreat on Cutting School Aid; Aetna Claims TRS Fee Contract is Confidential;How Texans Voted on Overtime Pay; What’s Up With Social Security Fairness Act 2004-09-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2004, Timing of School Ratings; Less Endowment Aid for Schools; Overtime Vote in 2004-09-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2004, TFT Testifies on Dropouts; Presidential Adviser Drops Hints; U.S. House Votes on Education Funding; Comptroller Wants Shorter School Year 2004-09-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2004, AFT Refutes Claims of Charter-School Zealots 2004-09-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2004, A Further Update on Tuition Exemptions for Educational Aides and Home Loans for Educators, Plus a Preview of Upcoming Hearings, Events 2004-09-06
TFT HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2004, Cutback in Overtime Pay Decried; Union Label Week Announced 2004-09-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2004, New Fees Subtracted From Health-Care Stipend Starting Today; Retiree Health-Care Eligibility Curtailed; More Cuts Contemplated 2004-09-01
TFT Update, September 1, 2004 2004-09-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2004, Tuition Exemption for Educational Aides: An Ongoing Success Story 2004-08-31
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2004, Initiative Passes to Courts on School Finance 2004-08-31
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2004, New Study Shows Teacher Pay Lagging Behind Pay for Alternative Careers 2004-08-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2004, TRS Audit, Testimony Show Impact of Cutbacks in Benefits 2004-08-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2004, Legislators Preview Budget Debates over Teacher Retirement System, Higher Education 2004-08-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2004, Witnesses From TFT and Locals Testify on Teacher Shortage, Turnover, and Certification 2004-08-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2004, Mum’s the word as teachers face countdown to health-care rip-off 2004-08-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 2004, Continued pressure to halt HRAs produces proposals from state leaders 2004-08-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY AUGUST 19, 2004 2004-08-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2004, AFT report reveals low performance for charter school students and questions delays in releasing data 2004-08-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2004, Tax Deduction for Teachers, Counselors, and Aides Disappearing? 2004-08-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2004, Two Hazards For Your Health-Care Stipend Require Prompt Legislative Action: Tell Lawmakers They Need to Act Now! 2004-08-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2004 (early edition), ACTION ALERT: Your HRA Message Is Getting Through; Keep Up the Pressure! Governor Proposes a Partial Fix as Legislators Scrutinize TRS Contract With Aetna 2004-08-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2004, TFT Testifies Against Improper Delegation of Diabetes Care in Schools 2004-08-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2004,More on Higher-Education Issues Aired in Austin This Week 2004-08-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2004, Higher Education in Committee Spotlight, School Finance in Court 2004-08-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 2004, TFT Defends Your Pocketbook Interests in Arenas Around the State 2004-08-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 2004, TFT Joins Congressman Sandlin in Tyler Rally for Social Security Fairness August 6; Update on Instant-Teacher Certification 2004-08-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2004, TFT Refutes Aetna Claim That Educators Stand to Gain From Costly HRAs 2004-08-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2004, TFT Congressional Testimony Makes the Case for Full Repeal of Social Security Offsets 2004-08-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2004, 2004-08-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 2004, Upcoming State Legislative and Agency Action 2004-08-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2004, Update on School Finance, Continued 2004-08-02
TFT Update, August 1, 2004 2004-08-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2004, Update on School Finance 2004-07-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2004, Your Grass-Roots Lobbying Kit to Stop the New Rip-off of Your Health-Care Stipend! 2004-07-29
Stop the HRA Rip-Off! 2004-07-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2004, Districts Face Application Deadline For State Aid to Repay Teachers for Supplies 2004-07-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JULY 26, 2004, TFT Fights Back Against New Erosion of Your Health-Care Stipend 2004-07-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2004, ACTION ALERT: Damaging Decisions on Your Health-Care Stipend, Retiree 2004-07-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2004, AFT Calls for Correction of Seriously Flawed No Child Left Behind Act 2004-07-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2004, Federal Education Laws Falls Short on Funding; New Fight Over D.C. Vouchers 2004-07-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JULY 19, 2004, Social Security Hearing Puts Spotlight on “Terribly Unfair” Offset Provision 2004-07-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2004, New AFT Leaders Elected; SBOE Action; Students Score on TAKS Reading Exam; Health-Care Stipend Issue Unresolved; Upcoming Hearings 2004-07-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1174)–THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2004, AFT Convention Takes Stand on Issues of Diabetes Care in Schools 2004-07-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1174)–WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2004, Deterioration of Texas Teacher Pay Documented; The Sandra Feldman Kindergarten-Plus Act of 2004 2004-07-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2004, Social Security Hearing; Charter Schools Escape Ratings 2004-07-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JULY 12, 2004, Health Texts, Science Requirements on Agenda at State Board of Education; AFT Convention Starts Tomorrow in D.C. 2004-07-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2004, AFT Fights Cuts in Federal Funding for Title I Grants to School Districts 2004-07-11
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2004, Capitol Round-Up: College Admission, School Mental-Health Programs, Teacher Bonuses 2004-07-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2004,Committee Action in Austin on School Funding, School Nutrition 2004-07-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2004, Certification Via Computer; Federal Education Budget Drafting This Week 2004-07-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2004, Sunset Review for TEA and SBEC 2004-07-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2004, Doubts About Another Special Session; New Data Underscore Need for Sizable School-Finance Fix 2004-07-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2004,”Last-Day Exemption” From Government Pension Offset Gone After Today, But Fairness Act Would Abolish the Offset Entirely 2004-07-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2004, Voucher Lobby Loses One in Colorado 2004-06-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1174)–MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2004, Just 26 More Signatures Needed to Force Social Security Fairness Vote; Problems Seen in Federal Higher-Ed Legislation 2004-06-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2004,Slow Motion on School Finance; D.C. Voucher Embarrassment 2004-06-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2004, June 30 Marks End of Social Security “Last-Day” Exemption, Spurring Retirements; Exemption Lives On in Narrowly Defined Circumstances 2004-06-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2004, Social Security Fairness Petition Now Has 191 Signatures–27 More Needed to Force a Vote 2004-06-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2004, State Hearings on School Nutrition, Higher-Ed Admissions Policy 2004-06-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2004 2004-06-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2004, Common Sense May Yet Prevail: TRS Suspend Creation of Costly “Health Reimbursement Arrangements” 2004-06-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2004,More Coverage of Working Groups on “Education Reform” 2004-06-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2004, Across-the-Board Pay and Benefit Gains Draw Support, But A Key Player is Not on Board 2004-06-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2004, AG Says Force to “Control, Train, or Educate” Is Okay, But Corporal Punishment Is Punishable. Come Again? 2004-06-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1174)–MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2004, Update on Social Security Offsets 2004-06-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2004, Talk of a Summer Special Session Persists, But So Do Deep Divisions; Business Leader Says Don’t Bother 2004-06-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2004, Working Groups on “Education Reform” Meet Next Week 2004-06-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2004, State Backs Home Loans for Educators 2004-06-10
TFT Update–June/July 2004 2004-06-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2004, Working Groups on Education Revenue Focus Mainly on Tax Swaps 2004-06-09
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2004, Rising Health-Care Outlays for TRS Retirees Trigger Senate Talk of Limiting Costs–for the State, Not for You; Update on the HRA Mess 2004-06-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2004, Instant-Teacher Certification, and More Where That Came From 2004-06-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2004, Working Groups on Education Revenue and “Reform” to Meet Soon 2004-06-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2004, Texas GOP Platform News; School-Nurse Staffing Cutbacks 2004-06-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2004, The Texas Education Budget: Unfulfilled Promises, Unmet Needs 2004-06-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2004, State Republican and Democratic Conventions–Let Us Know If You’re a Delegate; Federal Bill on Teacher Loan Forgiveness Up Next Week; Next Hotline on Tuesday 2004-05-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2004, Two Textbook Items: State Funding for Textbooks Falls Short; Law Prohibits Making You Pay for Lost, Stolen, Misplaced Textbooks 2004-05-28
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2004, School-Finance Working Groups Meet in June; New Rule on Less-Frequent Appraisal 2004-05-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2004, Texas Teachers and Students Deliver “Dramatic Improvements” in Test Scores; TFT Calls for Full Funding of Current Education Initiatives Instead of ‘Incentive’ Schemes 2004-05-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MAY 24, 2004, TFT Press Statement Assesses Progress in Social Security Fairness Fight 2004-05-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2004, TRS News; More on New Social Security Bill; No Federal Budget Deal 2004-05-22
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2004, Social Security Bill Filed to Replace Windfall Elimination Provision 2004-05-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2004, Working Groups Named on School Finance and “Reform”; TRS and SBEC Meet on Friday; Alternative to Social Security Fairness Act Filed in U.S. House 2004-05-20
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2004, No Sign of New Social Security Bill Yet; Sizing Up Special Session; Bill on “Rule of 90” Aimed at Boosting TRS Benefits 2004-05-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–MONDAY, MAY 17, 2004, No School-Finance Bill; New Social Security Offset Bill Coming; 50-Year Anniversary of Ruling for Education Equity 2004-05-18
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2004, Texas Senate Runs Out of Time; U.S. Senate Votes on Special Education; School-Board Elections 2004-05-15
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2004, A Plan to Shift Tax Burdens, Not to Fund Education 2004-05-14
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2004, Consensus Elusive as Major Flaws Exposed in Senate School-Finance Bill 2004-05-13
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)–TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2004, Legislators Find School Finance Hard to Handle; U.S. Senate Considers 2004-05-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) MONDAY, MAY 10, 2004, Texas Senate Starts Taking Testimony on Education Funding and Education “Reform” 2004-05-10
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177), Senators Take Their Turn in the Dunking Booth…Time to Call and Write Your Senator!FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2004 2004-05-08
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1174) THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2004, Senate Receives Punt of School-Funding Bill From House; Time to Contact Your Senator! 2004-05-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2004, House Passes HB 1 By Seven Votes, But Rejects Key Companion Measure, 119 to 26 2004-05-06
ACTION ALERT! Here’s the record vote on second-reading passage of HB 1 yesterday. 2004-05-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2004, ACTION ALERT! Texas House First Kills Bad School-Finance Plan, Then Revives It…At Least Until Tomorrow. That’s Where You Come In. 2004-05-05
TFT Update: May 1, 2004 2004-05-04
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) MONDAY, MAY 3, 2004, Write Your State Representative Now and Call on Tuesday: Send HB 1 and HJR 1 Back to the Drawing Board! 2004-05-03
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2004, ACTION ALERT! Bills Up For House Vote Tuesday Would Take Texas Education Backward 2004-05-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2004, House Committee Splits on Education/Tax Package, Sets Stage for Floor Fight Next Week 2004-05-02
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2004, Bad Education Bills in House Committee on Saturday…Weekend Hotlines Will Update You 2004-05-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2004, House Committee Bill Delayed; Outline of Draft Version Shows Little Gain, Lots of Mischief 2004-04-30
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2004, Action Time Again: Social Security Petition Drawing Support; Texas House Needs Your Guidance on School Finance 2004-04-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) Action Alert! Lawmakers Need to Hear From You This Week, Before a Bad School-Finance Bill Becomes A Done Deal; Progress Report on Health-Care StipendTUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2004 2004-04-27
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2004, Push to Restore Health-Care Stipend Gathers Strength; House and Senate Committees Slogging Through the Mire of Revenue Options 2004-04-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2004, Debate Heats Up Over Restoring Health-Care Stipend, Raising Teacher Pay 2004-04-26
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2004, House Funding Plan…Lots of Formula Changes, But Not Lots of Money 2004-04-26
Restore Health-Care Benefit 2004-04-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2004, House Committee Hears Incentive Debate While Funding Plan Stays Under Wraps 2004-04-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2004, Senators Differ Over Incentive Pay; House Hearings Expected to Continue for Six Days; House Floor Vote Expected May 3 on Omnibus Bill 2004-04-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2004 2004-04-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2004, As Special Session Begins, A Few Things Become Clear 2004-04-21
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2004, TFT in Action For You at State Capitol Today; Special Session Opens Tomorrow 2004-04-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2004, Filing of Bills Begins in Advance of April 20 Special Session; Your Action Needed 2004-04-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2004, “Pay for Performance” and “Incentives,” Part Two: 2004-04-19
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2004, What’s Wrong With “Performance Pay” or “Incentives,” Part One 2004-04-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2004, What’s Wrong With “Performance Pay” or “Incentives,” Part One 2004-04-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177),TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2004, Governor Calls Special Session for April 20; Get Ready for Action! 2004-04-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2004, Tax Cuts, Education “Incentives” Just the Start, Here’s the Rest of the Agenda 2004-04-16
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177) FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2004, The Governor’s Education Plan, Continued 2004-04-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177)THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2004, Governor’s School-Finance Plan: Heavy on Tax Cuts, Light on Education Funding 2004-04-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177), WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2004, Update on CHIP program 2004-04-12
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177), TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2004, TFT Calls for Restoring Funds for Children’s Health Insurance; Rep. Lon Burnam Highlights Pitfalls Facing Special Session 2004-04-07
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177), MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2004, Tom DeLay Gets Social Security Lesson From Local Teachers 2004-04-06
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (800-764-1177), FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2004, Certification Board Adopts Instant-Teacher Rule; Now the Issue Is Local 2004-04-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE, THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2004, Tell Governor and Lawmakers: We Don’t Need a Bait-and-Switch Special Session 2004-04-05
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2004, TRS Update, Continued-Focus on Retiree Health Care 2004-04-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE, TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2004, TRS Update 2004-04-01
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE, MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2004, Hearing on School Finance Held Only After Final Report Issued; TFT Challenges Legislators to Raise Needed Funds and Reject Bid to Reverse Reforms 2004-03-31
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE, FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2004, Hints of Trouble to Come at Hearing on State Health-Care Spending 2004-03-29
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE, THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2004, Call Congress! American Federation of Teachers Urges “No” Vote Today on Federal Budget Blueprint That Shortchanges No Child Left Behind Act 2004-03-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2004, Social Security Guidelines Extend Last-Day Exemption For a Few; Update on Fairness Fight 2004-03-25
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE, TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2004, Governor Hedges on Call of Special Session; Texas Third-Graders Ace Tougher Test 2004-03-24
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE, MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2004, Lawmakers Focus on Graduation Rates in Higher Education 2004-03-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE, FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2004, Regarding TRS Benefits, We Have Issues 2004-03-23
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE, THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2004, Sliding Toward a Special Session; Diverting Health-Care Dollars; Fighting for Social Security Fairness 2004-03-23
March 17, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Half of Texans in U.S. House Now Have Signed Social Security Fairness Petition 2004-03-18
March 16, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: State Committee Report Shows No Consensus on School Funding 2004-03-17
TFT LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE: MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2004 2004-03-15
March 12, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Governor Tries to Change the Subject; U.S. Senate Rejects Full Funding to Leave No Child Behind 2004-03-13
March 11, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Take Action on Social Security Fairness! Ask Members of Congress to Sign Discharge Petition! 2004-03-11
March 10, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Texas Voters Punish Democrats Who Backed Vouchers, Reward Republicans Who Showed Independent Streak; Economists Frustrate Joint Select Committee on School Finance 2004-03-10
March 9, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Vote Today, and Pass Anti- Voucher Resolution at Your Precinct Convention 2004-03-09
March 5, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: New Accountability Ratings Proposed 2004-03-05
March 3, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: President Bush Signs Bill Cutting Social Security Benefits for Texas School Employees 2004-03-03
March 2, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: New State Accountability System to be Unveiled; More State-Federal Friction Seen 2004-03-03
March 1, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Ideas on School Finance to be Aired Thursday; Election Under Way-Have Your Say! 2004-03-01
March 2004 TFT Update 2004-03-01
February 27, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline 2004-02-27
February 26, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: SBOE Update; State and Federal Accountability Muddle; Districts Sued for Overtime Pay 2004-02-27
February 25, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: SBOE Committee Punts to Full Board on Instant-Teacher Rule; AFT Comments on Federal Education Law’s Failings 2004-02-26
February 24, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Vote Coming on Instant-Teacher Plan-Tell SBOE Members What You Think of It 2004-02-25
February 23, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Teachers Unite Against Plan to Lower Teaching Standards, Shortchange Kids 2004-02-23
February 18, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: The Triumph of Ideology Over Evidence-House Select Committee In Action 2004-02-20
February 13, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Instant-Teacher Rule Going to SBOE-TIME FOR ACTION! 2004-02-14
February 12, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Recap of Social Security Votes in Congress, and a Look Ahead in the Fight for Fairness 2004-02-12
February 11, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Take-Away From Texas Teachers Means Fight for Social Security Fairness Will Get Hotter, Teacher Leader Vows 2004-02-11
February 2004 TFT Update 2004-02-10
February 9, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: ACTION ALERT! 2004-02-10
February 6, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Our Congressional Allies Challenge Bill to Tighten Screws on Government Pension Offset 2004-02-09
Thursday, February 6, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Governor’s School-Funding Numbers Fail to Add Up; Bad Social Security Offset Bill Comes Up Next Week on U.S. House Floor 2004-02-06
February 3, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Sobering Analysis of President’s Education Budget for Fiscal Year 2005 2004-02-05
February 2, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: School Finance, Health Care Get Hearings; Governor’s Trial Balloons Seek Altitude 2004-02-03
January 30, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: College Unit Charters as AFT Local; New Commissioner Endorses Vouchers; TRS Authorizes $42 Annual Bite on You for “Administration” of Your Health-Care Stipend 2004-01-30
January 29, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Business Leaders, School Administrators, Comptroller, and Others Challenge Governor’s School-Funding Stance 2004-01-29
January 28, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: The Governor’s Incentive Plan for Schools and Teachers-Money for Test Scores 2004-01-29
January 27, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: More on Governor Perry’s Ideas for “Results-based Performance Incentives” 2004-01-28
January 26, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: What’s Up in Washington and Austin? 2004-01-28
January 23, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Inadequate federal funding bill OK’d in Senate 2004-01-23
January 22, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Joint legislative school finance committee meets 2004-01-23
January 20, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Vote to End Social Security Exemption Looms; Action Alert! 2004-01-20
January 20, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Vote to End Social Security Exemption Looms; Action Alert! 2004-01-20
January 16, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Take Action on Federal Education Funding 2004-01-16
January 15, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: TEA Seeks AG Opinion on School Employee Self-Defense 2004-01-15
January 13, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: President’s Proposed Education Spending for Fiscal 2005 Falls Short of Promise 2004-01-14
January 2004 TFT Update 2004-01-13
January 12, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: New State Education Commissioner Named; Smoke Signals on School Finance 2004-01-12
January 8, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Vote on U.S. Education Spending Coming Fast When Senate Reconvenes January 20 2004-01-10
January 7, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Education Week Gives Texas a C for Efforts to Improve Teacher Quality, a D+ on Funding Equity 2004-01-08
January 6, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Scholarships for Your Own Scholar; Stirrings on School Finance; Re-Redistricting Upheld 2004-01-07
January 5, 2004, TFT Legislative Hotline: Next Moves Toward Social Security Fairness; Commissioner Rejects Virtual Charter School 2004-01-05
December 15, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Education Austin Wins Big; TRS Meeting This Week 2003-12-16
December 10. 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Senate Acts Against Last-Day Exemption From Social Security Offset; No House Action Until January; Update on Social Security Fairness Act 2003-12-10
December 9, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Update on Social Security: Bill to End Last-Day Exemption From Pension Offset Won’t Pass Before January 2003-12-09
December 8, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: New Accountability System, Dropout Issues In State Spotlight; Outlook for Action in Congress 2003-12-08
December 5, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Tax Hearing Dwells on Payroll Tax; Former Senator Proposes Scheme to Profit from Teacher Deaths (We’re Not Kidding) 2003-12-06
December 4, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Taxes on the Table in Public Hearing in Austin 2003-12-06
December 3, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline 2003-12-04
December 1, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Interim Activity Around the State Capitol This Week 2003-12-02
December 2003 TFT Update 2003-12-01
November 26, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Congress Won’t Act on Social Security Offset Before December 9; Grass-Roots Lobbying for Social Security Fairness 2003-11-29
November 25, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline 2003-11-25
November 20, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Grass-Roots Lobbying Works: Certification Board Now Says Proposed Rule Lowering Standards Will Come Under SBOE Review 2003-11-21
November 18, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Higher Education in Spotlight 2003-11-19
November 17, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Hearing on Higher Ed Tuesday; TRS Meeting Friday; Appeal to SBOE on Certification 2003-11-18
November 14, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Pressure From Governor to Lower Certification Standards; Action Needed! 2003-11-17
November 13, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: House Interim Committees Deal With Education Issues 2003-11-16
November 12, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: San Antonio Hearing on School Finance 2003-11-13
November 11, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Update on Social Security; Call for SBOE Review of Plan to Lower Certification Standards 2003-11-12
November 10, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline 2003-11-10
November 7, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline 2003-11-08
November 6, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: ACTION ALERT: Lowering Standards is No Solution to the Teacher Shortage 2003-11-06
November 5, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: TFT Counters Lopsided Testimony in House Committee on School Finance 2003-11-05
November 4, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Points to Make With State Board of Education Against “Virtual Voucher” Schemes 2003-11-05
November 3, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Bid for Virtual Vouchers Withdrawn; Action Needed to Keep It That Way 2003-11-05
October 31, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: More on Social Security (Un)Fairness; Legislative and Agency Action Next Week 2003-11-03
October 30, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Social Security Fairness: ACTION ALERT 2003-10-31
October 28, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Social Security Fairness Update 2003-10-29
November 2003 TFT Update 2003-10-29
October 27, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: If You Can’t Change the Law, Just Change the Rules: New Modus Operandi in Austin 2003-10-29
October 24, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: For-Profit Charter School for Home-Schoolers, Rejected By Legislature, Tries Again at State Board of Education 2003-10-27
October 23, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Subcommittee Hearings: Handpicked Experts Offer One-Sided Arguments; TFT Members Get Some Words in Edgewise 2003-10-24
October 22, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Certification Board Recycles Bad Idea: The Return of HB 318 2003-10-23
October 21, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Mexican American Legislative Caucus Hears TFT Testify on School Finance 2003-10-22
October 20, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: TFT Witnesses to Testify at Two Hearings 2003-10-21
October 17, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Higher Priority for School Finance? (Plus Upcoming Hearings) 2003-10-19
October 16, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Petitions For Social Security Fairness Will Be Delivered in Person on October 30 2003-10-18
October 15, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Cold Comfort: Restrictions on Retiree Health-Care Eligibility Effective September 1, 2004 2003-10-15
October 14, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Interim Committee Action on Tap; “Public Input” on Special Education Sought; High-School Completion Grants Offered 2003-10-14
October 13, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Legislative Circus Leaves Town; Distemper on the Rise 2003-10-13
October 10, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Education Austin Member Honored; “Unsafe” Schools Found Safe After All; Legislature Discombobulated 2003-10-13
October 9, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Education Budget End-Game Nears in Congress 2003-10-10
October 8, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Lieutenant Governor Says Teachers Need a Raise, Legislature Needs to Make Amends 2003-10-08
October 7, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Redistricting Follies Continue; On a More Sober Note, School-Finance Lawsuit Assessed 2003-10-08
October 6, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Initiative on School Finance Passing to Courts? 2003-10-07
October 3, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Update on Social Security Fairness, Texas Legislative News 2003-10-03
October 2, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Legislature Still on Hold; U.S. House Opposes Take-Away of Overtime Pay 2003-10-02
October 1, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Social Security Fairness Petition; Timing of Restored TRS Pay Supplement for Non-Administrative Professionals 2003-10-01
October 2003 TFT Update 2003-09-30
September 30, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Texas Legislature Stands Still; U.S. Senate Fights Over Vouchers-ACTION NEEDED AGAIN! 2003-09-30
September 29, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: More TRS News; Latest Word on Social Security Fairness Fight 2003-09-29
September 26, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline 2003-09-26
September 25, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Today’s Scorecard in Austin: One Win, One Loss, Advances Made 2003-09-26
September 24, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: TRS Hearing Signals Impending Reversal of Agency Rule Restricting Health-Care Pay 2003-09-25
September 23, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: TFT Seeks Agency Reversal of TRS Rule on Pay Supplement; TFT Also on Tap to Testify in Hearings on Teacher Pay, Teacher Quality 2003-09-23
September 22, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Texas House Says It Again-All Non-Administrators Should Get Pay Supplement; TRS-Care Eligibility Modestly Improved 2003-09-22
September 19, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: House and Senate Votes Expected Monday on Retiree Care and Pay Supplement-ACTION ALERT; Senate Committee Targets Comptroller’s School Reviews 2003-09-19
September 18, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline 2003-09-18
September 17, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Harmful Social Security Provision Passes in U.S. Senate Committee-ACTION ALERT 2003-09-18
September 16, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: ACTION ALERT: U.S. Senate Needs to Hear From You on Bad Social Security Bill 2003-09-17
September 15, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Bad Bill on Social Security Offsets Moving in U.S. Senate; TRS Action in Texas House 2003-09-16
September 12, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Committee on School Finance Weighs Pros and Cons of Equity Versus “Adequacy” 2003-09-13
September 11, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Two Subcommittees Hear TFT Testimony on Improving High Schools, Compensation Issues 2003-09-11
September 10, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: New Session on September 15; Key Votes in Congress; Schools Rated by Federal Standard 2003-09-11
September 9, 2003 TFT Legislative Hotline 2003-09-09
September 8, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Votes IN Congress on Vouchers, Overtime-ACTION ALERT 2003-09-08
September 5, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Voucher Vote in U.S. House: How Your Member of Congress Voted 2003-09-05
September 4, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Busy Agenda in Austin Next Week, Even Without a Possible Third Special Session 2003-09-05
September 3, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Congress Votes on Spending, Misspending Education Dollars; Supply Reimbursement Rules 2003-09-03
September 2, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Congressional Votes Near on Overtime Pay, Vouchers; Poll Finds Voucher Support Ebbing 2003-09-02
September 2003 TFT Update 2003-09-02
August 28, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Why TFT Opposes Proposition Nine on the September 13 Ballot 2003-09-02
August 27, 2003 TFT Legislative Hotline: At Least For Now, Legislature Quits Flogging Dead Horse; Strayhorn Criticizes “Non-Tax” Taxes on Teachers, Others; Plus More on What’s Wrong with Proposition 12 2003-08-28
August 26, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Early Voting Starts Tomorrow on Amending the State Constitution; TFT Opposes Two Amendments 2003-08-27
August 25, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Joint Conference on Professional Issues Coming Your Way; Update on Capitol 2003-08-26
August 22, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Capitol Hearings Revisit Old Battlegrounds Over Vouchers, Taxes for Public Education 2003-08-25
August 21, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: TFT Takes TRS to Court Over Cutback in Eligibility for Health-Care Money 2003-08-21
August 20, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: TFT Lawsuit Against TRS; Committees Meet on School Finance, High Schools, Vouchers 2003-08-20
August 19, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: 2003-08-19
August 18, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Legislature to Teachers: “Welcome Back. Please Ignore Pay and Benefit Cuts.” 2003-08-18
August 15, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Federal Update on Head Start and Education for Students with Disabilities 2003-08-15
August 14, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Action Needed on Federal Issues, Part Two: Social Security Fairness 2003-08-14
August 13, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Looming Retiree Costs for Health Care Exposed Anew; Comptroller’s Review Authority Under Continued Attack 2003-08-13
August 12, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Action Needed on Federal Issues, Part One 2003-08-12
August 11, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Update on What’s Not Happening (Yet) in Austin and Washington, D.C. 2003-08-11
August 8, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: TFT Backs Comptroller on School Reviews; New Rules on School Nutrition May Prove Hard to Digest; State Revenue Gloom Deepens 2003-08-08
August 7, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Governor Finally Acts on School-Finance Glitch. Could “Unsafe Schools” Listing Backfire? TRS Goes Overboard on Health-Care Cuts 2003-08-07
August 6, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Joint Panel on School Finance Sets Research Agenda, Time Line; House Panel on Facilities Hears More on Funding Needs; Timetable for Constitutional Vote 2003-08-06
August 5, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: 2003-08-05
August 4, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Six Texas Schools Deemed “Unsafe” Under Federal Law; Austin Hearing Tomorrow on Take-Away of School Audits from Comptroller 2003-08-04
August 1, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: SBEC Studies Show Kids With Certified Teachers Do Better; SBEC Board Poised to Raise Fees for New Teachers; Joint Committee on School Finance to Meet Next Week 2003-08-01
July 31, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Message to State Leaders-Leave School Performance Reviews To Comptroller; SBEC Agenda; Facilities Hearing 2003-07-31
July 30, 2003 TFT Legislative Hotline: Senators Named to Joint School-Finance Committee, and Other News From Austin 2003-07-30
August 2003 TFT Update 2003-07-30
July 29, 2003 TFT Legislative Hotline: Texas House Passes Resurrected Bills, Including Retirement Tax on New School Employees; Texas Senate Out of Action; School Facilities in Committee Spotlight Tomorrow 2003-07-29
July 28, 2003 TFT Legislative Hotline: Redistricting Wastes More Time in Austin; Action Alert on Social Security Fairness 2003-07-29
July 25, 2003 TFT Legislative Hotline: TFT Joins Comptroller in Defense of Independent School Audits; Update on Redistricting, Head Start, and D.C. Vouchers 2003-07-25
July 24, 2003 TFT Legislative Hotline: Fixing the School-Finance Glitch; “Fixing” a Pension Foul-up at New Employees’ Expense; “Fixing” the Comptroller’s Office; “Fixing” Head Start 2003-07-24
July 23, 2003 TFT Legislative Hotline: Third-Grade Passing Rate on TAKS Hits 96 Percent; Challenges Ahead 2003-07-23
July 22, 2003 TFT Legislative Hotline: Effort to Restore Health-Care Aid to School Employees Falls Short in Texas House; National Poll Shows Public Support For Teacher Funding 2003-07-22
July 21, 2003, TFT Legislative Hotline: Federal Action Alert; State and Federal Updates 2003-07-22