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Lt. Gov. Announces Interim Charges to Study for 2025 Session 

This Thursday, April 11, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick dropped a list of 57 charges for senate committees to study in preparation for the 89th legislative session next spring. Nearly a third of the charges he included were either directly or indirectly related to education in Texas, but none of the charges directed lawmakers to study the need for increased school...

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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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SBOE Puts Duty to Donors Over Duty to Schools, Texas Taxpayers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2024 CONTACT: Nicole Hill, press@texasaft.org SBOE puts duty to donors over duty to schools and Texas taxpayers Texas State Board of Education Chairman Aaron Kinsey announced a reckless divestment of public school funds despite warnings from his own staff. AUSTIN, Texas — Last week, Texas...

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Answering FAQs: Runoff Election Edition

After facing decades of fierce bipartisan resistance to the idea of using taxpayer dollars to pay for private school tuition, school voucher supporters “in Texas” — more on that in a moment — emerged from the March 5 primary election claiming victory. But should they? Let’s dig deeper into the...

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AFT endorses new legislation to help students obtain mental health services 

In January, the bipartisan Expanding Mental Health Services Access in Schools Act was introduced in Congress. This bill would create multiple grant programs that schools could apply for to access mental health services funding and would be accessible to millions of students across Texas.  After endorsing the bill, American Federation...

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Updates from Houston ISD: It Gets Worse

Another week, another disappointing series of announcements from Texas’ most trod upon district. In the 11 months since the Texas Education Agency first announced that it would be taking over Texas’s largest school district, we have unfortunately come to expect bad news from Houston ISD. Recent announcements have been no...

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