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Gov. Abbott Ups the Ante on ‘School Choice’ Debate Despite National Voucher Horror Stories

State funding for public education is under siege on several fronts. The specter of school privatization threatens the foundations of our public schools — along with the raises our school staff so desperately need. Illustration by Sierra Wiggers. On Tuesday night, as most Texans were preparing for a severe ice storm, Gov. Greg Abbott gave his most full-throated endorsement to...

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Texas AFT Takes Respect Agenda to the Capitol

Texas AFT President Zeph Capo speaks at a press conference at the Capitol. Local AFT presidents and Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos (D-Richardson) stand behind him.  The 88th Legislature is now in session, and Texas AFT local leaders were on hand this week to discuss our union’s Respect Agenda with lawmakers, meeting...

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The Agenda for the 88th Legislature? Respect for Public Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 10, 2022 CONTACT: Nicole Hill, 512-317-2232, The Agenda for the 88th Legislature? Respect for Public Schools Educators’ union releases a list of legislative priorities intended to retain teachers and staff, fund schools appropriately, and make schools safer for students AUSTIN, Texas — As members were...

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Jan. 6, 2023: Education Bills, a COLA, & Student Debt Relief

2023 in fireworks

Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 Welcome to 2023, and the 88th Texas Legislature Happy new year! For those on their way back to classrooms, buses, and school campuses, we wish you a soft landing and a happy return. In Austin, Texas AFT is gearing up for another return — of the...

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Retirees Sound the Alarm on TRS COLA in Local News

The upcoming 88th Texas legislative session is poised to be a consequential one for retired teachers. No teacher who retired in the past 19 years has ever received a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to their TRS annuity. But after all these years, there is finally hope on the horizon for a...

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The American Teacher Act Would Set a $60,000 National Minimum Salary

Our union has documented in detail the staffing crisis in Texas public schools, but our schools aren’t alone. Across the nation, questions remain on how to address all the issues fueling teacher and staff shortages, but paying teachers more would resolve many.  The American Teacher Act, introduced in the U.S....

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Paxton Joins Lawsuits Against Student Debt Relief

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined onto multistate amicus briefs in two lawsuits challenging the Biden Administration and its student loan debt forgiveness program announced last year. President Biden’s executive order directed the Department of Education to take steps to expand relief for student loan borrowers by making more...

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