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...Read More
May 6, 2022: TRS says all good for a retiree COLA next session, but there’s more to be done; Abbott’s cruel idea to leave kids without an education; Vote tomorrow!
Texas AFT Retiree Plus member Lydia Carrillo-Valdez testifies at the Capitol for a cost-of-living increase for TRS pensions. TRS officials tell legislators: The fund is healthy and can support a cost-of-living increase for retirees But you’ll still need to fight...Read More
With private school voucher push, governor heads in the wrong direction for retaining teachers While our Lost Decade report outlined how increases in per-pupil funding are the key to teacher recruitment and retention with higher wages, Gov. Greg Abbott’s response to the crisis is to wage a campaign to take...Read More
April 29, 2022: Tell us what makes you feel appreciated; TRS healthcare rates won’t rise; Our local wage campaigns are firing at all cylinders; House hearing update on public ed
Tuesday is Teacher Appreciation Day! Let us know what makes you feel appreciated and be entered in drawing to win $450 gift card Thanks to all our educators who work so hard each day to inspire and nurture our students....Read More
April 22, 2022: Time to pump up your activism with upcoming hearings and elections; Tuesday is for Texting
House committee embarks on interim charges in Tuesday hearing on immigration impacts and investments related to Russia The House Public Education Committee will be looking at the impacts immigrants have on schools and reports on investments in Russia by public...Read More
April 15, 2022: New reports shows a ‘Lost Decade’ for public ed with declining school employee wages; TEA policy on ‘obscene’ books
New report shows the key driver for teachers ready to call it quits: making less money than they did in 2010 ‘The Lost Decade: Texas schools are underfunded & facing devastating staffing shortages’ Without significant statewide investment in public school...Read More
April 8, 2022: More student loan relief on the way; Patrick introduces divisive agenda for next session; SBOE adds new courses
With interim charges, Lt. Gov. Patrick eyes legislation on book bans, ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released interim charges for the Texas Senate this week, a highlight of the destructive culture wars he intends to pursue in...Read More
April 1, 2022: New fed rules on charter grants would limit taxpayer money to for-profits; TEA change will fund districts suffering low attendance; Join our Text Mixers!
Biden administration pushes new restrictions on charter-school access to federal grants On March 10, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a spending bill that includes a proposal for stricter requirements for federal grants used for charter-school expansion. One such change would...Read More
March 25, 2022: Charters take billions in fed business aid; Changeup in Texas Senate Ed; Get ready to vote again!
Senate Education Committee gets new chair Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has appointed Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) to chair the Education Committee during the interim and will keep him as chair of the Higher Education Committee. However, Patrick intends to make...Read More
March 11, 2022: Cancel STAAR!; Admins on retention task force outnumber teachers 26-2; Texas House sets interim work
Educators, parents, and students renew call to cancel STAAR testing Respect means listening to our students, parents, and educators on what we need to emerge from this pandemic and to set a foundation for success in the future. Now is...Read More
February 11, 2022: 66% of Texas educators consider leaving the profession; We endorse Beto for governor; Join our Valentine’s text mixer for early voting
The Crisis in Our Schools: Texas educators are considering leaving the profession Low wages, workload stress, health and safety concerns rank high A whopping 66% of educators throughout Texas said they have recently considered leaving their jobs, according to a...Read More
February 4, 2022: New rules on sanctions for contract abandonment; New endorsements in Election 2022; Ready to be a leader?
SBOE approves amendments to contract abandonment rules After months of negotiations and several rounds of Texas AFT testimony, the State Board of Education (SBOE) last week gave final approval to revised State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rules related to...Read More
January 29, 2022: Omicron survey results show educators don’t feel safe; Senator calls for STAAR cancellation; TRS covers at-home COVID-19 tests; Dallas union fights for more leave time
Survey shows scant few feel safe working during Omicron, with priorities listed for how to make it safer Texas school employees spoke loud and clear in a recent survey on the Omicron surge. Texas AFT found that most school employees...Read More