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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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Last-Ditch Negotiations on Budget and School Finance Under Way

Note the names of the following ten senators and representatives, including eight Republicans and two Democrats, who as of 10 pm tonight took up last-minute negotiations linking the state budget and school finance. Their job is to figure out a way to distribute $4 billion in cuts among the state’s...

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Wheels Come Off Main Vehicle for Bad Education Amendments in Texas House

SB 1581, a broad “fiscal matters” bill containing the Senate majority’s school-finance plan and other education measures, fell to a point of order in the Texas House Monday evening. The bill was about to be loaded up with scores of amendments, including yet another attempt to gut class-size caps, eliminate...

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Budget on Education Funding Completed Monday Would Do Severe Damage

Monday morning the House-Senate negotiating teams on the state budget unveiled their agreement on the education portion of the budget, and the deal does not look good. Close to $4 billion would be cut from state aid to districts, yielding an average cut of $400 per pupil per year and...

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Bad Bills Looking to Hitch a Ride

It’s that time of the legislative session—the last seven or eight days—when many a bill dies unless it can hitch a ride on another bill that already has made it further along over the legislative obstacle course. Into the “watch out for these dangerous hitchhikers” category we place the following...

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School-Finance Fracas Expected Monday: Could Make or Break Budget Deal

A three-way fight is shaping up at the state capitol over competing plans to carry out deep cuts in school funding, as required by the bad budget deal tentatively reached in House-Senate negotiations Friday. These battle lines are forming over amendments to SB 1581, the broad budget-related “fiscal matters” bill...

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Update on Texas House-Senate Budget Maneuvers

Texas Senate negotiators delivered a proposal to House Speaker Joe Straus today reportedly seeking House agreement to the Senate’s planned funding levels for public education—containing cuts in school funding about half as deep as the House cuts but still devastating. House negotiators supposedly have moved toward the Senate’s position but...

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Saturday “Rally in the Capitol” to Save Texas Schools

The Texas House will be in session on Saturday, which may well be the crucial day of decision on the state budget. It is vital that your legislators hear from you on this day and see a strong presence in the capitol of supporters of Texas public education who demand...

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