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SBOE Holds Special Meeting to Review Social Studies TEKS

Texas AFT Policy Analyst Kelsey Kling testifies at Monday's SBOE meeting. On Monday, the State Board of Education held a special meeting to conduct a public hearing and discussion on the revised social studies TEKS.  Invited testifiers included Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht, who spoke about the need for civics education and Sen. Bryan Hughes, author of SB 3,...

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Statement on Gov. Abbott’s ‘School Choice’ Press Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Aug. 11, 2022  CONTACT: Nicole Hill, 512-317-2232,  Texas AFT President Zeph Capo commented today after Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference to discuss “school choice” at The King’s Academy, a private “Christ-centered” school in Dallas:   Source: Texas Parent PAC poll of likely Texas voters, May 2022...

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Beto Emphasizes Support for Increased Education Funding

This past week, Texas AFT-endorsed candidate for governor, Beto O’Rourke, emphasized his support for increasing public education funding at a town hall in Bowie, Texas. When asked by a retired educator how he planned to increase teacher salaries as governor when salary schedules are set by local school boards, O’Rourke...

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July 29, 2022: Collier Stands with Educators; House Hears from One Teacher

Texas A-F-T members seated in an auditorium, with several raising their hands or clapping.

Texas AFT Launches Statewide Campaign for the Respect Teachers, School Employees Deserve On Monday, Texas AFT gathered members on Zoom and in person at the Children’s Museum of Houston to officially launch our Respect Us or Expect Us campaign for the 2022 midterm elections and 88th legislative session next year....

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Marathon Meetings of the House Public Education Committee

In back-to-back late night hearings on Monday and Tuesday, the House Public Education Committee heard invited and public testimony on a number of interim charges. Monday’s agenda was a pick-up agenda from an early adjournment on May 24 due to the Uvalde tragedy. The committee hosted panels on the implementation...

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New Study Provides Solutions for Texas’ Teacher & School Staff Retention Crisis

Text says, "Respect Us, Expect Us. Winning the respect public school employees and students deserve."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2022 CONTACT:  Nicole Hill, 512-317-2232, New Study Provides Solutions for Texas’ Teacher & School Staff Retention Crisis Meanwhile, the House Public Education Committee meets for two days without invited testimony from Texas educators.  HOUSTON –  Nearly 43,000 Texas teachers left their job in the...

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