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Lateste Update (October 4, 2017):
Read this helpful FAQ on FEMA relief.

Please note that applications for our Disaster Relief Fund have closed (as of Sept. 8 at midnight). As a Texas AFT Member, you may still be eligible for assistance from the (read more…)

Houston support professionals

Members of the Houston Educational Support Personnel, an affiliate of Texas AFT, are celebrating a hard-won victory against privatization in how their school district’s food service program is managed.

Last month, the Houston Independent … (read more…)

Texas AFT held its biennial convention–with the theme of “Public School Proud”–last weekend in El Paso. The convention included the usual business of electing statewide officers and deciding on resolutions to guide the union in the coming years. (Louis Malfaro was re-elected as president by acclamation, and Ray McMurrey was re-elected as secretary treasurer by acclamation.)

The convention … (read more…)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2017
CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343

No mandate to use STAAR test scores or ‘value added’ in teacher evaluation systems

Texas AFT filed suit one year ago in state district court to challenge the authority of the Texas commissioner of education—Mike Morath—to dictate how to measure student performance for the purpose … (read more…)


Austin member a finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year

An Education Austin member, Allison Ashley, has been named finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year. Ashley, a bilingual teacher at Becker Elementary in Austin ISD, is one of three finalists for the honor, with three other finalists vying for secondary Texas Teacher of the Year.
Ashley has a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate … (read more…)

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Education Austin in August announced it was successful in its year-long effort to make at least 30 consecutive minutes of unstructured play time—otherwise known as recess—mandatory at all Austin ISD elementary schools. The new policy also would prohibit taking away recess as punishment or requiring students to do schoolwork during recess.

The local union worked with the district’s Health … (read more…)

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Texas AFT members wrapped up a successful training with AFT’s Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) … (read more…)

The American Federation of Teachers in September announced grants to fund community school initiatives in Texas and two other states to address children’s well-being and provide multiple pathways and diverse options to help them and their families succeed.

The AFT Innovation Fund grants—$135,000 for each initiative—will kick-start community school efforts in Texas; Daly City, California; … (read more…)

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The message is getting through: There are better ways to pay off your student debt.

According to new numbers from the U.S. Department of Education, nearly 5.3 million people are lowering their monthly student loan payments through income-based repayment plans—a 36 percent increase since last year, and a 110 percent increase since 2014. Public service loan forgiveness is also attracting … (read more…)

AFT President Randi Weingarten

By Randi Weingarten
President, American Federation of Teachers

Donald Trump doesn’t have any use for public schools—he never attended them, sent his kids to them or supported civic efforts to strengthen them. So perhaps it’s no surprise that he would propose a plan that would decimate public education. But 90 percent of America’s children attend public … (read more…)

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This edition of American Educator looks deeply into the issues surrounding student disciplinary action, as AFT moves away from the “zero tolerance” policy. The articles in the new Educator tackle issues concerning racial equity and philanthropy’s role in disciplinary action, the many variations of equally adept teaching methods, and the task of creating positive school climates. … (read more…)

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I became a teacher to make a difference in people’s lives. And I’ve never met another teacher who didn’t feel the same way.

This is why National Educators Coming Out Day is so important to me and the teachers, paraprofessionals, early childhood educators, and higher education faculty and staff across the country who I represent—and … (read more…)

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ESSA Facts

President Obama closed the chapter on No Child Left Behind’s destructive brand of school improvement when he signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act in December 2015. ESSA offers a bold new opportunity for states and districts to move beyond top-down, test-and-sanction-based reforms that have failed to help all kids. It’s a sea change in education policy … (read more…)

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The Detroit Federation of Teachers, working with parents, community members and faith leaders, is calling attention to long-festering hazardous and toxic conditions in the city’s public schools.

At a Jan. 11 news conference in front of A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School (see related story), the AFT affiliate … (read more…)

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pension_report_cover_640A new AFT report titled “All That Glitters Is Not Gold,” produced with the Roosevelt … (read more…)

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The results of the latest (read more…)

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A crisis is growing in education: erosion in diversity among the teacher workforce in urban systems, particularly at schools where large numbers of black teachers leave because sound retention strategies have been replaced by a revolving door. That message comes through loud and clear in the Albert Shanker Institute’s new report “The State of Teacher Diversity in American Education,” released at … (read more…)

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Universal, free community college is edging closer and closer to reality. President Obama announced Sept. 9 that his America’s College Promise proposal, a guarantee of two years of free community college for any qualified student, is now backed by a new College Promise campaign and an advisory board of 32 education advocates—including AFT President Randi Weingarten. The board will work with … (read more…)

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Education commercialization and privatization were top-tier issues when delegates from 171 countries convened for Education International’s 7th World Congress, July 21-26 in Ottawa, Canada.

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Members from the San Antonio Alliance for Teachers and Support Personnel

At the three-day Texas AFT convention in San Antonio that concluded Sunday, June 14, delegates elected as the state federation’s new secretary-treasurer Ray McMurrey, the president of Corpus Christi AFT. McMurrey won a two-year term to serve as Texas AFT’s second-in-command alongside President Louis Malfaro.

Common themes connected President Malfaro’s “State of the Union” address on … (read more…)

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This afternoon, Sens. Alexander and Murray—the chair and the ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee—announced that they had broken … (read more…)

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The goal of coordinated, effective early learning that’s available to all children could take a big step forward if an amendment—one that garnered support from both sides of the aisle in the Senate this week—makes it into the final version of the nation’s keystone federal law for K-12 education.

The amendment, approved by voice vote … (read more…)

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When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965, it was a centerpiece of the War on Poverty. It provided funding that is critical to many of the schools where our members teach. The law was designed to ensure that every school got the resources to teach students, particularly in neighborhoods or … (read more…)

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Right before getting together for their annual meeting of school and college support professionals, members of AFT PSRP got together to give back to the community that hosted them.

This year, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel teamed up with Smart from the Start, a program that supports school readiness, to host a community day on April 16 in the Woodland Terrace neighborhood of … (read more…)

Randi-sRead more from AFT’s president at Randi’s Corner.

 

“Across the country, AFT … (read more…)