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National School Safety Week

Like everything, National School Safety Week (Oct. 17-23) looks different this year. Historically, this week has been used to draw attention to school violence. But we can think of nothing more violent than forcing educators, employees, and students back into unsafe classroom environments. That’s the situation we’re in, thanks to a lack of state leadership. Gov. Greg Abbott and the...

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Compliance With Class-Size Requirements

The Texas Education Agency on September 3 sent out its annual notice to school superintendents on compliance with class-size requirements under Texas Education Code Section 25.112. That section of state law says that as a general rule "a school district may not enroll more than 22 students in a kindergarten,...

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Tapping Into the Texas Share of the Federal Education Jobs Fund

First things first:  Thanks are due to all of you who joined in our Texas AFT campaign of  e-mail letters and phone calls urging Gov. Rick Perry to apply for $830 million in federal aid reserved for Texas school districts in the Education Jobs Fund enacted by Congress August 10....

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Gov. Perry, Feeling the Heat, Applies for State Education-Jobs Funding

One day after Gov. Rick Perry issued a letter to Texas school administrators simultaneously denouncing the federal education-jobs funding bill and announcing that he would ask for the money, the Texas application for the funding was formally submitted to the U.S. Department of Education today by Texas Commissioner of Education...

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Deadline Nears for Governor to Accept Federal Education-Jobs Aid: Do It Already!

School boards, school administrators, rank-and-file education employees, and educator organizations across Texas continue to call on Gov. Rick Perry to accept $830 million earmarked for Texas school districts by the recently enacted federal emergency-aid bill to save education jobs. As a September 9 deadline for requesting the funds from the...

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Shortsighted Cuts in Proposed State Education Budget Draw Fire From Texas AFT

Texas AFT Responds to Shortsighted Budget Cuts: Texas AFT President Linda Bridges put out a statement to the media today in response to the Texas Education Agency's just-released 2012-2013 budget request, which reflects instructions from Gov. Rick Perry and top legislative officials to cut 10 percent of all TEA spending...

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School-Community Partnerships Spotlighted on Dallas Visit by AFT’s Randi Weingarten

During visits to two Dallas schools by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten yesterday, the theme was school-community teamwork–the need to take shared responsibility for strengthening public schools and ensuring all children get a high-quality education. School, community, and business and labor leaders–including AFT President Randi Weingarten, Dallas ISD...

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AFT President Randi Weingarten Promotes School-Community Partnerships in Dallas Visit

AFT President Visits Dallas ISD With Community-Partnership Message: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, is in Dallas today for meetings with community, business, union, and school leaders to stress the importance of taking shared responsibility to strengthen public schools and ensure all children get a quality education....

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Progress on Education Aid? Keep Up the Pressure

News reports tell us that Texas education officials are en route to Washington, D.C., for discussions Friday with the U.S. Department of Education on how to secure $830 million in job-saving education aid for Texas school districts. The money is there for the asking, thanks to legislation passed by Congress...

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