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This (Last) Week in The Legislature: More Questions Than Answer as Session Comes to a Close

The last full week of the Texas legislative session ended with final decisions being made on several important pieces of legislation, but going into the session’s final weekend, major bills relating to school finance, private school vouchers, pensions for retired educators, the future of higher education, and more are still undecided. Public Education: Vouchers Make a Comeback, School Finance Bill...

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House Committee Unanimously Recommends Paxton Impeachment 

This Thursday, the Texas House General Investigating Committee recommended that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton be impeached due to a plethora of abuses he is alleged to have committed while in office. The committee filed a total of 20 articles of impeachment against Paxton, ranging from obstruction of justice to...

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Statement on State Budget HB 1

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2023 CONTACT:  Nicole Hill, 512-317-2232, Texas AFT President Zeph Capo commented Thursday on House Bill 1, the state budget, which, after negotiations in conference committee, contains no increase to the basic allotment for students and no raises for public school employees: “Is this a...

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Statement on $16 billion cost for HB 100, vouchers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2023 CONTACT:  Nicole Hill, 512-317-2232, Texas AFT and Every Texan commented Wednesday on the $16 billion fiscal note for CSHB100 and its private school voucher over the next five years. Both organizations published research jointly this spring that indicated the cost of across-the-board raises...

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This Week in the Legislature: An Onslaught on Multiple Fronts

While the private school voucher threat has temporarily been abated, another bill that would allow for the rapid expansion of charter schools, which also divert public dollars to private institutions, was resurrected. HB 1707, the priority bill of the charter industry, would exempt charter schools from local zoning ordinances, effectively...

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This Week in the Legislature: What Didn’t Happen?

Apart from all of the attention directed at private school vouchers at the Legislature this week, several other bills that would significantly affect Texas public school educators and higher education employees are still making their way through the legislative process. Public Education: In Committee This week, the House Public Education...

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Texas AFT Local Unions Win Big in School Board Races

This spring, several of Texas AFT’s local unions have run extensive campaigns on behalf of endorsed candidates for their district school boards. On Saturday, May 6, their hard work paid off, with a series of sweeping wins for educator-endorsed candidates.  As the legislative session comes to a close, these victories...

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In Memoriam: The Bills We Lost This Week

Throughout the 88th Texas legislative session, thousands of bills are filed in hopes of making it out of committee and on to the floor, with the overall goal of reaching the governor’s desk and being signed into law.  With leadership establishing a set agenda of bills that are of priority...

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