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Donate to our Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Hanna

We have a tradition of helping our union family members impacted by disasters. Our members need our help. The latest disaster is damages from Hurricane Hanna on the lower Gulf Coast and in the Rio Grande Valley. Our local unions worked around the clock to check in with our members, their families, students and communities during the hurricane. Texas AFT...

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Action Opportunity—Rally in the Capitol on Saturday, May 21

Mark your calendar! This Saturday, May 21, our friends at the Save Texas Schools parent/community group have called for a rally “in the capitol” to press legislators to reverse the deep cuts planned for public schools and other core public services. Please come to the capitol for this important event...

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Tuition Exemption for Educational Aides—Helpful Amendment in House

Rep. Scott Hochberg, Democrat of Houston, did a good turn yesterday for educational aides who have been receiving scholarship help to attend college and become certified teachers. He amended his bill, HB 3624, to ensure that all those already attending college with the help of this program would remain eligible...

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Positive Developments Concerning TRS Governance, Benefit Bills

Two positive bills affecting governance and benefits under the Teacher Retirement System were passed by the Texas House this week. HB 3747 by Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, Democrat of San Antonio, would provide for the direct election by TRS members of the four TRS trustees who represent retirees, employees in...

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In House Hearing, Texas AFT Opposes SB 4 on Teacher Evaluation

SB 4, the bill by Republican Sen. Florence Shapiro to revamp teacher evaluation, received little support when presented this morning in the House Public Education Committee by Rep. Rob Eissler, Republican of The Woodlands. Texas AFT, three other state teacher organizations, and other groups such as the Texas Association of...

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School Finance: Not a Done Deal

Each day this week we have heard that the Senate is about to vote on SB 22, the school-finance bill by Republican Sen. Florence Shapiro of Plano that would implement budget cuts reducing state aid to school districts by $4 billion over the 2012-2013 budget cycle. But each day the...

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Charter Schools: Expansion Bill Examined

Texas AFT opposed a bill in the House Public Education Committee Thursday morning that would allow wide-open expansion of charter schools in Texas. The proposed House committee substitute for the bill, SB 127 by Republican Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston, would be even more expansive than the Senate version. Under...

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