Our Issues

Privatization

One of our union’s top priorities is fighting efforts to further privatize our public education system — whether through new voucher schemes or expensive, unaccountable charter schools.

Standardized Testing

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In any year, our union thinks it’s past time to stop the state’s over-reliance on standardized testing. But in a pandemic, administering the STAAR test is an especially unnecessary burden.

Legislative Agenda

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With each legislative session, our union develops an agenda of issues important to our 66,000 members across Texas — from funding our public schools to protecting our rights as workers.

Our Members

PreK-12

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Texas AFT works to better the profession of educators by promoting effective public education policy to improve the pay and working conditions of teachers, nurses, counselors, and other professionals.

Higher Education

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Our union also represents higher education employees at community colleges and universities. We are actively organizing higher ed local unions around the state.

Support Professionals

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Support personnel — from bus drivers to cafeteria workers to custodians — keep our schools running. Texas AFT aims to represent their varied interests on the local and state levels.