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Texas AFT launches website tracking COVID-19 cases, unsafe conditions in Texas schools

Stopthespreadtx.school allows the public to monitor all campuseswhile the state plans to publish district-only data. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2020   CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343rdamico@texasaft.org Recording of News Conference The Texas American Federation of Teachers today launched an online tool for teachers and others to track COVID-19 cases and report unsafe working conditions on their campuses. Texas AFT initiated the...

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Still Time for Lawmakers to Do Right by Retirees

An amendment to SB 1 by Rep. Larry Gonzales, Republican of Round Rock, would authorize a much-needed bit of financial relief for Teacher Retirement System annuitants. Help the legislature do right by retirees—click here to send your state senator and state representative a letter in support of the Gonzales amendment...

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Urge Negotiators to Keep SB 2 Amendment to Tap Rainy Day Fund

The fate of a key House amendment that would shrink cuts in school budgets by $2.2 billion over the next two years now rests in the hands of the conferees negotiating to work out differences between House and Senate on SB 2. They need to hear from us in support...

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Two Bills on Student Discipline Draw Attention

More than 1,100 bills await action by Gov. Rick Perry, who has until June 19 to decide which bills he wants to veto, which he wants to sign, and which he’s willing to allow on the books without his signature. Among the pending bills are two on student discipline that...

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Battle Over Use of Rainy Day Fund Continues

Another day, another attack on common-sense efforts to tap the state’s self-replenishing Rainy Day Fund to cover the shortfall in funding for public education. Thursday’s assault took the form of a non-binding motion to instruct conferees on SB 2 to kill the Howard/Farrar amendment. This sensible amendment, which passed the...

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