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Nov. 18, 2022: Results from Our Task Force; SBOE’s Final Meeting of the Year

Texas AFT offices will close for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and there will be no Hotline next week. We hope you and yours have a warm and restful break! Texas AFT Announces Respect Agenda for 88th Legislative Session Up to 70% of Texas teachers say they’re thinking of leaving education according to survey data collected in the...

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SBOE Lays Out Legislative Priorities, Gives Approval to Social Studies Standards

This week in Austin was the final meeting of the year for the State Board of Education (SBOE). Among their standard duties, the board agreed upon several legislative priorities that fell under some broad topics: charter school transparency, charter regulation, instructional materials, board support, and school funding/appropriations. Their specific priorities...

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TEA Proposes New Rules to Address Student Safety

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Last week, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) proposed a new rule intended to increase school safety. TEA announced this sweeping new rule roughly five months after a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary in Uvalde.  In the wake of the Uvalde tragedy, Gov. Greg Abbott specifically...

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Collin College Professor Reinstated After Free-Speech Lawsuit

Suzanne Jones, an education professor at Collin College, will return to the North Texas community college in January under a two-year contract and with a new salary. Jones was terminated   last year due to her comments and actions  on political issues, including criticizing Collin College’s response to COVID-19 on...

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Nov. 4, 2022: Voting FAQs; TRS COLA would boost economy

More than 4 Million Texans Have Voted. Have You? Today is the final day to vote early for crucial elections in Texas. Not only are statewide offices, the Texas Legislature, and the State Board of Education on your ballot, but so are local and county offices, school boards, and important...

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Note from President Capo on This Election

The following message was sent from Texas AFT President Zeph Capo to members statewide on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Reflecting on This Election Yesterday’s election could have gone better for public education. But it also could have gone a lot worse. Do I wish we’d woken up this morning with a...

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Texas AFT responds to Lt. Gov. Patrick comments disparaging urban school districts

Headline from Dallas Morning News that reads "Lieutenant Governor Patrick Calls Dallas, Urban Schools 'Dropout Factories' During Voucher Push."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 7, 2022 CONTACT:  Nicole Hill, 512-317-2232, nhill@texasaft.org Texas AFT responds to Lt. Gov. Patrick comments disparaging urban school districts Lieutenant governor blames school districts for problems his charter schemes created AUSTIN, Texas – In his comments last week pushing private school vouchers, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called urban school districts...

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TRS Retirees Grow the Texas Economy, TRS ‘Value Brochure’ Show

This week, TRS released its annual “Value Brochure,” highlighting the value that TRS has brought to both its members and to the Texas economy over the past fiscal year.  While TRS has had an increasingly positive impact on the Texas economy as a whole, TRS members who have retired since...

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Vote for Pro-Public Education, Pro-Democracy Candidates TODAY!

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Early voting for the Nov. 8 midterm election has begun in Texas. Public education is on the ballot across the state, and it is vital that public school educators and employees show up to the polls in full force. Who you vote for is secret, but whether you vote is...

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