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SBOE Lays Out Legislative Priorities, Gives Approval to Social Studies Standards

This week in Austin was the final meeting of the year for the State Board of Education (SBOE). Among their standard duties, the board agreed upon several legislative priorities that fell under some broad topics: charter school transparency, charter regulation, instructional materials, board support, and school funding/appropriations. Their specific priorities include requiring the SBOE to  approve all charter expansion amendments ...

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Texas AFT Member, President Testify at Uvalde Listening Session

(Left to right) State Senator Roland Gutierrez, Texas AFT President Zeph Capo, IDRA National Director of Policy, Advocacy and Community Engagement Morgan Craven, and Texas AFT member Lorena Auguste testify at the Uvalde congressional listening session. This Monday, Texas AFT President Zeph Capo testified at a special Congressional listening session...

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Texas Lawmakers Discuss Vouchers, Firearms, and COLA at Texas Trib Fest

(Left to right) State Representatives Chris Turner, Senfronia Thompson, Rafael Anchia, and Mary González answer audience questions on a panel moderated by Texas Tribune Reporter Zach Despart (Center). This past weekend, the Texas Tribune hosted their annual Texas Tribune Festival in Downtown Austin. The three day festival included 120+ panels...

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SBOE Gives Preliminary Approval to Revised Social Studies Standards

After a heated public hearing earlier this month, the State Board of Education (SBOE) held a special meeting on Monday and gave preliminary approval to minor revisions to the K-12 social studies curriculum standards. At the previous meeting, the board had directed TEA staff to bring forward amendments only to...

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Congress Moves Social Security Fairness Act Out of Committee

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This Friday, the House Ways and Means Committee discussed HR 82, the Social Security Fairness Act, and ultimately voted to report the bill without recommendation so that it can be considered and voted on by the whole House of Representatives. The Social Security Fairness Act would repeal the Windfall Elimination...

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Texas AFT Joins the Texas Coalition for Educator Preparation

Texas AFT has joined forces with other educator associations, several universities and alternative certification organizations, and many special interest groups to form the Texas Coalition for Educator Certification (TCEP). This new organization features many of the same members as the ad-hoc group that collectively fought against the edTPA certification exam,...

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Texas AFT Retiree+ Member Advocates for COLA at TRS Board Meeting

Texas AFT Retiree+ member Phyllis Ruffin speaks during the public comment portion of the TRS Board of Trustees meeting. This Thursday and Friday, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Trustees convened for its quarterly meeting.  The TRS board received a report from contracted economic analysts discussing the...

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Texas Parent Group Comes Out Against Greg Abbott

Texas Parent PAC, a bipartisan political action committee of parents who support high-quality public education, is urging Texans to vote against incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. This is the first time the organization has ever taken a stance on the governor’s race.  “Abbott is failing our kids and neighborhood public...

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House Ways & Means Committee Talks Property Taxes

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The Texas House Committee on Ways & Means held a hearing Thursday on interim charges related to property taxes, appraisal, and the economic implications of allowing the Chapter 313 corporate property tax abatement program to sunset at the end of the year. The issue of Chapter 313 is particularly important...

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