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Statements on the killing of George Floyd and the protests for justice

Xena Goldman Photo, Mural by Xena Goldman, Greta McLain, and Cadex Herrera Zeph Capo, Texas AFT President As teachers and school employees, we strive to make our schools inclusive, safe places for learning. So it hurts us to see our nation, while still fighting a pandemic, now grieving over the injustice in the murder of George Floyd. We know that...

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Defending the Rights of Working Americans

Nationwide there's a push to use state revenue woes as an excuse to demonize public employees and to dismantle hard-won safeguards of on-the-job rights and benefits for all employees. This campaign, bankrolled by billionaires and fronted by ultra-right politicians, has come to a head this past week in Wisconsin. Public-employee...

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U.S. House Passes Deep Education Cuts in the Wee Hours

In the wee hours of Friday night, the majority in the U.S. House passed a bill that would hurt students and working families. H.R. 1, a bill to cut spending in the current fiscal year, would cut school-improvement grants for struggling schools, Pell Grants for low-income college students, and Head...

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State Senators Start Talking About the Need to Avoid Classroom Layoffs

On Thursday the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Public Education Funding started off with testimony on a proposal to create a state productivity commission of financial experts who would recommend ways to save money while maintaining educational services. Before they were done, though, senators in attendance actually got into a revealing...

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Upholding Teachers’ Authority to Remove Disruptive Students

Sen. Mario Gallegos, Democrat of Houston, has filed two bills in the Texas Senate to help teachers who exercise their authority under the Safe Schools Act to remove disruptive or violent students from their classrooms. SB 345 would require principals or other administrators who oversee student discipline to receive training...

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Federal Education Budget Battles of 2011

Before Congress gets to the battle over education funding for the next fiscal year starting in October, federal lawmakers still have to finish fighting over the budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year 2011. A bill drafted by the new Republican House majority would cut back education spending...

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Flawed Social-Studies Standards Earn a “D” in National Study

A conservative-leaning think tank has come out with a scathing report on the quality of the new social-studies standards adopted amidst much controversy last year by the State Board of Education. (Texas AFT strongly opposed these social-studies standards.) The Thomas B. Fordham Institute this week denounced the new Texas curriculum...

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“Texas on the Brink”

Even before the current revenue shortfall became the latest excuse, shortchanging vital public services in Texas has become a bad habit at the state capitol. For proof, look no further than the latest edition of “Texas on the Brink,” a compilation of interstate rankings by the Legislative Study Group in...

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Balancing Budget With Cuts Alone Hurts Children Most of All

On this Valentine’s Day, Texas AFT and other organizations allied in the Texas Forward coalition invited legislators to reflect on the impact of pending budget cuts on the future of our state—its children. Texas Forward distributed a “Children and the Budget” fact sheet (see http://www.txforward.org/images/Children.pdf) today that lays out the...

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