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AFT lawsuit settlement will put hundreds of thousands of educators on the path to student loan forgiveness

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education announced major changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, finally addressing the serious problems AFT members have faced in accessing student loan forgiveness. The changes, in part, were spurred by a lawsuit AFT filed against the department and then-Secretary Betsy DeVos, who stood by doing nothing as thousands of educators brought complaints...

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Our state is headed in the wrong direction to prevent school violence

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2021 CONTACT: Rob D'Amico, 512-627-1343, rdamico@texasaft.org Texas AFT President Zeph Capo commented today on the school shooting at Timberview High School in Mansfield ISD. What’s heartbreaking about this shooting is that we are again left with the reality that our schools will be targets for...

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Texas Education Agency considers rules that weaken charter accountability for special ed and ESL

Text says, "Take Action. Stop the Charter School Power Grab."

The Texas Education Agency has proposed changes to the Charter School Performance Framework (CSPF) that leave out consideration of two important student groups: students receiving special education services and students in bilingual education/English as a second language.  The indicators within the CSPF are supposed to evaluate each charter school’s compliance...

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Enter to win $2,000 toward DonorsChoose projects

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Texas AFT corporate supporter, Horace Mann, is kicking off the new school year with $10,000 in DonorsChoose funding! Still have some items on your wish list? Enter your DonorsChoose project, from September 13 to October 8, for your chance to win. Every day from October 4 through October 8, Horace...

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Texas Legislature convenes for third Special Session

Senator Jose Menendez with gray jacket and purple tie speaking on Senate floor

Photo: Sen. José Menéndez speaks on the Senate floor Wednesday. On Monday, the Texas Legislature convened for a third special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott to address redistricting, ban vaccine mandates, restrict transgender athletes, appropriate federal stimulus money, and outlaw certain tethering of dogs in unsafe conditions. On Wednesday,...

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