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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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Budget Bill Bogs Down as Lieutenant Governor Turns Wobbly on Senate Plan

The already-inadequate Senate budget proposal, which would cut more than $4 billion in state aid and grants to school districts, suffered a blow from the Senate’s own presiding officer yesterday. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, felt compelled to tell the press yesterday that he was...

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Eve of Action on HB 400, SB 12 “Mandate Relief” Bills

Two bills to provide "flexibility" for school districts at the expense of students and teachers could come up for floor votes in the Texas House (HB 400) and Senate (SB 12) tomorrow (Tuesday, April 26). Messages from school employees and parents all over the state already have slowed these bills...

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Feds Approve $830 Million for Texas Schools

The Texas application for $830 million in Education Jobs Fund money from the U.S. Department of Education has been accepted, according to an announcement from the Department on Friday. The funds can be used by school districts from now through September 30, 2012. The primary purpose is to allow districts...

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