Texas AFT will take part in two important hearings at the state capitol this week. On Tuesday, March 29, at 9 a.m. the Senate’s Education Committee and Higher Education Committee will hold a joint meeting on the implementation of revised graduation standards and new graduation pathways enacted in 2013. The meeting also will address teacher shortages in key areas such as bilingual education and special education and what to do about them.
On Wednesday, March 30, Texas AFT will present invited testimony at the 2:30 p.m. hearing of the Joint Interim Committee to Study TRS Health Benefit Plans. The specific topic for this hearing will be the TRS-Care plan that provides health coverage for TRS retirees. A later hearing of this committee, made up of three state senators and three state representatives, will address health coverage available to currently active school employees. Texas AFT will take part in that one, too, scheduled for April 13.