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Florida announces end to standardized testing; will Texas follow?

Gov. Abott with a smirk and Gov. DeSantis looking bewildered

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the end of standardized testing in his state. Gov. Greg Abbott usually copies DeSantis' every move, so we want to voice our support for the governor to add legislation to this third special session's agenda that cancels STAAR permanently. If we want to copy all the extremist homework of Florida and other states on mask mandates,...

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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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