Our Issues

Charter Schools & 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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Our state’s over-reliance on standardized testing — including in a school year disrupted by a global pandemic — serves no one well. Judging students, teachers, and communities by a child’s performance on STAAR should not be the strategy for improving public education.

Professional Development

Texas AFT’s Bridges Institute for Professional Development provides diverse, high-quality programming and resources to support educator development in and out of the classroom.

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.