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Aug. 2, 2021: Survey shows large majority favor ability to require masks; The harmful consequences of the Gov’s #txlege budget veto

Text says, "Should the governor allow school districts to mandate and enforce mask use? Pie chart indicates 78 percent (five thousand seven hundred and seventy two people) said yes. Twenty two percent (sixten hundred and twelve people) said no."

Large majority of educators favor local decision-making on mask use   CDC guidelines updated last week recommend masks in schools AFT launches campaign for investment in safer campuses Texas AFT ads to promote HVAC upgrades and mask use   Texas AFT calls on the governor to reverse his orders and allow local school districts to set their protocols on mask...

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School Finance “Work Group” Airs Issues

At the last meeting of the joint House-Senate Select Committee on School Finance, several legislators pushed for the creation of a “work group” made up of non-legislators to make recommendations on school-finance reforms. Today that work group, made up of superintendents and business leaders (some of them appointees to the...

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Truth Test: Revenue Shortfalls and Public Opinion on How to Tackle Them

Major statewide officeholders like Gov. Rick Perry made a vigorous effort during election season to keep a lid on discussion of the deep and dangerous state budget deficit awaiting the next legislature. To a large extent, they succeeded. For instance, in one recent pre-election survey of public opinion only 3...

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Some Positive Local Election Results

Voters in San Antonio ISD gave our San Antonio local, the S.A. Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, a big victory today, with passage by a two-to-one margin of a bond issue worth $515 million, allowing much-needed renovations and improvements in school facilities across the district. Meanwhile, over in Cypress-Fairbanks...

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Election Results Portend Tougher Legislative Session in 2011

Today's election returns have tilted the playing field to the disadvantage of Texas educators and public schools, especially in the Texas House. The decision of Texas voters ousted more than 20 members of the House who have been reliable supporters of Texas students and their schools. In partisan terms, the...

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Urgent: You Have a 12-Hour Window to Vote Tomorrow. What’s Your Plan?

What’s Your Plan to Make Your Vote Count Tomorrow?  Congratulations if you took advantage of early voting to cast your ballot in the important 2010 general election. If you haven’t yet voted, it’s time to make a definite plan to take advantage of your final opportunity to make your voice...

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Upcoming: Action Items on Retirement Issues

Following up on last week’s call by Texas AFT President Linda Bridges for a thorough, impartial investigation of alleged political mischief involving your pension fund at the Teacher Retirement System, this week we will offer you an online opportunity to have your say in the matter, too. Also keep an...

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Reminder: Early Voting Under Way Through Friday

Record-setting numbers of Texans are taking advantage of the opportunity to vote early in the November general election, and we encourage you to be among them, if you haven’t voted yet. The convenient 12-day window for early voting ends on Friday, October 29. You can vote at any early-voting location...

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AFT Stance on Issues in Higher Education

At its meeting earlier in October, the AFT executive council took up and passed four noteworthy higher-education policy resolutions recommended by committees at the AFT convention in July. The resolution on "Supporting Increased Federal Investment in College and University Instruction" recognizes important investments in higher education made by the current...

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Texas AFT Nurse Task Force to Meet

The Texas AFT School Nurse Task Force, chaired by Starla Reichek of the Houston Federation of Teachers, will convene in Austin on November 6 to plan ahead for the 2011 legislative session. High on the list of school nurses’ concerns will be inadequate nurse staffing at many Texas public schools....

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