Show your love for your public schools!

Texas wants strong neighborhood public schools that are accessible to all children. Join our Texas AFT campaign to celebrate our strong public schools and honor our dedicated educators, students, and parents.

Join our #PublicSchoolProud campaign today to share your story and support for public schools. Contest winners will receive a $250 Visa gift card and a pizza party for their students sponsored by Texas AFT.

Texas AFT is sponsoring two contests. All are welcome to participate. The deadline to enter is May 1.Public School Proud color

#PublicSchoolProud Art Contest
Take photos of art displays or activities engaging your community in art related activities showing love for your neighborhood public school. Ask students, parents, community members, and your colleagues to participate.

#PublicSchoolProud Video Contest
Create a video to tell your story and share testimonials on why you and your community support your public school. An example activity may include holding a spirit rally to capture the pride and joy of your community.

Deadline to submit an entry is May 1.

Submit photos and videos to (For large video files, please link to an online video, e.g. YouTube, or a cloud storage account, e.g. Google Drive, or let us know if you need assistance submitting.)

Finalists will be notified by May 5. All finalists will have one week (May 8-12) to receive online votes. The winner of both the Art and Video Contests will be notified on May 15.

We work hard every day for our students, many of whom are dealing with incredible challenges—poverty, high mobility, parental unemployment and the emotional growing pains of being kids. In spite of funding decreases and resource cuts, we are there every day to support these students and give them hope for a bright future. We’re making a difference every day. 

  • There are more than 5.2 million students, 8,600 public schools and 1,200 school systems employing more than 400,000 educators. The student population grows by 80,000 per year.
  • Texas students are more diverse—52% Hispanic, 28.9% white, 12.6% African American, 3.9% Asian, and 2% multiracial—than ever before.
  • 58% of school-aged children are economically disadvantaged, 12% higher than 20 years ago. Almost 1 million students are learning English.
  • Texas graduation rates hit an all-time high last year, and our state continues to be in the top five states (third place this year) for graduation rates each year. Texas also has more economically disadvantaged students than any of the other states in the top five.
  • Five high schools in Texas—from Houston, Dallas, and Austin—were ranked in the top 25 high schools from an in-depth analysis of public schools by The Best Schools
  • The percentage of Texas public school districts meeting the state’s rigorous academic standards reached 95.8% in 2016.
  • The percentage of African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and white students in Texas who achieve a college-ready score on the SAT and ACT is at or near all-time highs. Preliminary data from the 2015-16 STAAR assessment indicates that the rate of students achieving proficiency on pace for post-secondary readiness on two or more assessments rose by four percentage points overall.