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Fact Check: Is everyone except Gov. Abbott to blame for public schools’ budget crises?

As the 2023-2024 academic year comes to a close, Texas public schools find themselves struggling with severe budget deficits that are jeopardizing their ability to deliver high-quality education to the state's 5.5 million public school students. In recent remarks quoted on Twitter/X, Gov. Greg Abbott sought to distance himself from this crisis as he faces an increasing amount of criticism...

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Texas Ranks First in Nation for Food Insecurity

In a new report from the “Map the Meal” study from Feeding America, Texas has ranked No. 1 in the country for food insecurity. Furthermore, “the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are disproportionately rural. Sometimes a free lunch at school may be the only meal a child...

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Texas AFT Releases Vision for Thriving Public Schools in New White Paper

Imagine a Texas where every child, from the Panhandle to the Rio Grande Valley, had access to a fully funded, high-quality public education. A state where educators are respected and compensated fairly for their vital work, students' diverse needs are met, and schools serve as community hubs that support the...

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Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board Votes to Censor Science Textbooks 

It seems germane to preface the following bizarre installment in textbook censorship that Cy-Fair ISD is facing a $138 million budget shortfall for the 2024-2025 academic year.   What should have been an innocuous item on textbook adoption after several hard budget decisions took an unexpected turn when a single board...

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Federal Probe Targets Katy ISD’s Gender Policy for Potential Discrimination 

Photo Credit: Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle  The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has launched an investigation into Katy Independent School District (Katy ISD) to determine if its recently enacted gender identity policy discriminates against students. This investigation follows reports that Katy ISD disclosed the gender identities...

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May 10, 2024: We Appreciate You

Friday, May 10, 2024 Now is as good a time as any to remind you that you can find this meme and more by following Texas AFT on Facebook, Instagram, Threads, or X/Twitter.   'Teacher Appreciation’  In theory, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. But you wouldn’t have guessed it from...

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New Report Defines ‘Thriving’ Public Schools in Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 13, 2024 CONTACT: press@texasaft.org New Report Defines ‘Thriving’ Public Schools in Texas As school districts announce layoffs & program cuts, Texas AFT set to release report on the public education system that Texas’ record-breaking budget can and should buy. AUSTIN, Texas — The 88th legislative session...

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