The Hotline Newsletter

Every week, Texas AFT compiles important news, updates, and information on public education policy in Texas. The Hotline covers a wide range of topics, including statewide education news, updates from the legislative session, and our current union campaigns.

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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 recent education headlines in Texas.   If you want to know...

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May 31, 2024: Shaping Our Future

Friday, May 31, 2024 On Friday, May 24, the Houston Federation of Teachers worked with the Houston Food Bank (left) to distribute food and supplies to community members in need after the derecho. Houston Educational Support Personnel (right), meanwhile, delivered food, water, and disaster relief items to the Fifth Ward...

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May 24, 2024: Never Back, Always Forward

Friday, May 24, 2024 Houston Federation of Teachers President Jackie Anderson, AFT Executive Vice President Evelyn DeJesus, and Texas AFT President Zeph Capo at a fundraiser for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) at HFT’s office on Wednesday.   Never Back, Always Forward  It was a remarkable week for...

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May 17, 2024: Vote to Thrive

Friday, May 17, 2024 Vote to Thrive It has been a wild week in Texas education news, and we have lots of vital updates in this week’s Hotline. But before we dive in, a reminder: Early voting in primary election runoffs starts this coming Monday, May 20, and runs through...

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May 3, 2024: No Confidence

Friday, May 3, 2024 This week, Houston ISD educators and UT Austin faculty both circulated resolutions of no confidence in their district and university administrators. Across the state and across the full spectrum of public education, Texas educators demand better for their students.   No Confidence  “The takeover of Houston ISD,...

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April 26, 2024: A Sorry Week for Texas

Friday, April 26, 2024 A post on X (formerly Twitter) from Lily Kepner, the higher education reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, shows UT AAUP President Polly Strong addressing students, faculty, and community members at a Thursday protest, one day after local and state law enforcement agents violently responded to a...

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April 19, 2024: In the Room

Friday, April 19, 2024 This past Tuesday, April 16, the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security held a meeting to discuss the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), two provisions that heavily penalize many Texas educators and public employees.   AFT members from across the...

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April 12, 2024: Full Speed Ahead and No Sign of Relief

Friday, April 12, 2024 Despite recent claims that public education is at a "record high," the real data shows Texas schools are starving.  Full Speed Ahead and No Sign of Relief  Texans are still reeling from the tornado of bad policy that came out of last year’s record-breaking five legislative...

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April 5, 2024: Starting April Strong

Friday, April 4, 2024 April 3 tweet from state Rep. Gina Hinojosa, whose district includes the University of Texas at Austin. Happy Celebrate Diversity Month ...  Though April is nominally Celebrate Diversity Month, its first week in Texas this year has been far from joyous.   In response to heightening pressure...

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March 29, 2024: Why We Keep Going

  Friday, March 29, 2024 Why we keep going  As has become the norm, much of the news we have for you this week is bleak. In times like these, as districts announce cuts and layoffs and as the attacks on education from the state government continue, many teachers and...

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March 22, 2024: Abbott Does Not Serve All Texans

  Friday, March 22, 2024 Corpus Christi AFT president Nancy Vera presents about unions, Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and social justice to high school students at the Garcia Arts and Education Center on March 13.   The Work Doesn’t Stop Here.  At the end of the month we celebrate César Chávez...

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March 15, 2024: “Why is Texas like this now?”

Friday, March 15, 2024 What’s Dunn Can Still Be Undone  We get asked one question quite regularly by teachers, counselors, nurses, bus drivers, librarians and more: “Why is Texas like this now? Why isn’t anyone in charge listening to us.”   Texas Monthly’s March edition has the answer in the form...

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March 8, 2024: Public Schools at the Polls

Friday, March 8, 2024 This is what democracy looks like It’s been quite a week. On Tuesday, Texans went to the polls to vote in primary elections, setting up a muddled outlook for public education in the 89th Legislature next year. Yesterday, meanwhile, President Joe Biden delivered the State of...

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