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House Committees on Public Education and Higher Education Convene for Marathon 12-Hour Hearing

Tree-lined walkway leading to the Texas Capitol building

Texas AFT member Rebekah Ozuna (left) testifies late in the evening at the joint committee hearing This Tuesday, the House Committee on Public Education and the House Committee on Higher Education held a joint hearing to discuss solutions to the teacher retention crisis. The marathon hearing lasted 12 hours and included 14 panels of invited testimony discussing the teacher recruitment...

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Local Solutions to the Texas Educator Shortage Exist.  Now We Need State Action.  

Randi Weingarten raises a copy of the A-F-T shortage report at the lectern at the press conference.

Roundtable discussion with the American Federation of Teachers, Houston area school administrators, and the University of Houston and Texas A&M University-Commerce highlights initiatives to retain and recruit qualified educators.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Aug. 31, 2022  CONTACT: Nicole Hill, 512-317-2232,  HOUSTON, Texas — With 43,000 Texas teachers either resigning...

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Stand with Uvalde Parents Tomorrow in Austin

On Saturday, Aug. 27, March For Our Lives will rally with parents from Uvalde, as well as survivors from Santa Fe, and youth activists from across the country to demand action to end gun violence.

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We’re Hiring: Student Fellowship Available

The Bridges Fellowship Texas AFT is looking for the next generation of labor & education policy activists through our fellowship program.  Fellows will get to hone their policy and communications skills as part of Texas AFT's Public Affairs team. Our fellows are committed to helping improve the lives of our...

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Big Win for Houston Public Schools After Charter Privatization Attempt

The Houston Federation of Teachers (HFT), led by president Jackie Anderson, along with a coalition of Houston community leaders including Sen. Borris Miles, Rep. Alma Allen, Commissioner Rodney Ellis, the NAACP, and faith leaders, successfully fought off an attempt by some Houston Independent School District (HISD) board members to rush...

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TEA Releases A-F Accountability Ratings for the First Time in 3 Years

This past Monday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released 2021-2022 school year accountability ratings for each of Texas’ 1,195 districts and 8,451 campuses. This is the first time since 2019 that TEA has published accountability ratings because of the COVID-19 disaster declaration during the previous two school years. While TEA...

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Texas AFT Hosts Capitol Listening Session on Teacher Shortage Research

In support of our recent report, Texas Needs Teachers (released with Battelle for Kids), Texas AFT hosted a virtual informational session this past Tuesday. We were joined by Rep. Art Fierro, Rep. Donna Howard, Rep. Rhetta Bowers, Rep. Terry Meza, and Rep. Penny Morales Shaw, as well as dozens of...

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