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June 7, 2021: TEA releases remaining federal relief dollars to school districts … with a catch

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  TEA releases remaining federal relief dollars to school districts — with a catch After months of urging by our union and Texas education organizations, the Texas Education Agency announced Thursday that districts could begin applying for their shares of the remaining federal COVID-19 relief owed to Texas schools. This $5.5 billion is from the second of three federal aid...

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Local unions successful in winning pay raises, retention bonuses

Unlike 2019’s state legislation that sent new money to school districts for required pay increases, local school boards are responsible for all compensation changes.  Our local unions have been working on campaigns for the past two months pushing for higher pay for all school employees. Here’s a list of recent...

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SBOE meets next week to consider new charter application

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And...Court case invalidates bill giving charters property tax breaks on leases Seven new charter applications have been approved by the commissioner of education and are up for final approval or veto by the elected State Board of Education next week. It’s important to remember that once a charter is approved...

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Governor: ‘More must be done’ to ban Critical Race Theory

Abbott says he will add the issue to a special session As if HB 3979 wasn’t bad enough already, Gov. Greg Abbott announced last week that he will add the bill’s topic—bans on controversial subjects, particularly those around racism, from being taught in the classroom—to an impending special session. That...

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Local Leader Spotlight: Wanda Longoria, President of Northside AFT

Wanda Longoria Historically, Northside ISD was a small, rural district in the San Antonio area. In the past 20 years, though, it has expanded to the fourth-largest district in Texas. In this rapidly changing pocket of Bexar County, the school board has remained largely the same, with members having served...

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TRS Board Discusses Premium Raises, New Rules from the Legislature

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The Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ Board of Trustees held a special meeting this past Thursday to address several statutory changes resulting from legislation passed during the 87th session. The board also announced now customary bad news: Premiums from the upcoming year are expected to rise.  Of the changes introduced...

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2020-2021 high school seniors eligible for graduation by committee decision

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Credit: Dallas Morning News This year’s seniors who have not passed all of their end-of-course STAAR exams are eligible to graduate via an Individual Graduation Committee (IGC) decision, thanks to the passage of House Bill 999 (Diego Bernal, D-San Antonio, sponsored by Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio) Passed by the...

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Legislative Update: How public ed fared in the session ending today

The floor of the House chamber with only a smattering of legislators (mostly Republicans) are present. Democrat Harold Dutton sits in the center of the photo with his feet propped on a desk.

Walkout by Democratic reps kills voter suppression bill, but governor guarantees a revisit in special session  Empty chairs last night signaled a Democratic walkout. Fighting an expansive voter suppression bill to the last minute, Democratic House members staged a walkout late Sunday evening, breaking the quorum needed for a vote...

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