Deadline to register to vote in March 6 primaries: Monday, February 5, is the last day to register to vote in the March 2018 primary elections. Click here to check whether you are already registered to vote or to download a voter-registration application if you are not currently registered. And keep an eye out for election news in upcoming Hotlines and other Texas AFT media, including candidate recommendations in both Republican and Democratic primaries coming up March 6.
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Give U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos her first-year grade report: AFT President Randi Weingarten has a good suggestion for you:
It’s nearly the one-year anniversary of Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as secretary of education. Since she spends very little of her time in public schools, we want to bring public schools to her. Let’s give her some feedback about what you do every day and what you and your students need to be successful.
Just like every student and educator gets report cards and evaluations, it’s time to rate DeVos’ performance and give her some feedback of her own. Fill out DeVos’ evaluation and share your comments for Betsy.
DeVos has a lot of opinions about public schools, and she’s not shy about sharing them. But since, to date, she hasn’t wanted to hear your opinions, we’re bringing them to her.
Americans knew she was unfit for the position of education secretary and made their voices heard during the confirmation process—so much so that, for the first time in history, the vice president was needed to cast a tiebreaking vote in her favor.
From Day 1, DeVos has reaffirmed the fears of the millions who opposed her. She has spent her time in office attacking public education—the schools, the educators, the parents and community members—and it’s hurting our kids.