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November 19, 2021: Members save thousands erasing student loan debt; Locals in high gear with vaccine clinics; Vote in HISD race

Children wearing face masks choose books from a Socorro A-F-T table at a vaccine clinic.

The Hotline will take a break next week for the Thanksgiving holiday and will return on December 3. Local unions kick into high gear with campaigns urging vaccinations at free clinics Texas AFT local unions have been holding dozens of free COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinics the past month, and with shots allowable expanding to aged 5-12 students, they are...

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Legislative Update: redistricting, transgender sports bill, TRS healthcare funding

Ghosted image of protestors, one holding sign with text "trans rights are human rights" on blue background. Gold text below: Stand up against bullying, especially from the Texas Legislature

Before Tuesday when the Legislature’s third special session is required to end, the GOP leadership is hoping to push through bills that would discriminate against transgender student athletes, appropriate $16 billion in federal stimulus funds, and redistrict the state’s House, Senate, congressional, and State Board of Education maps. Gov. Greg...

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SBOE redistricting: unfairly taking away representation for people of color

Sergio Lira stands in dark suit and red tie testifying at a podium

Watch Sergio Lira—Houston Federation of Teachers member, former teacher, principal, and Houston ISD trustee— tell legislators that proposed SBOE maps will unfairly take electoral power from people of color. The Texas Legislature may take power away from communities of color for the next decade when the House is expected to...

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Our state is headed in the wrong direction to prevent school violence

Rounded edifice front brick building of Timberview High

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2021 CONTACT: Rob D'Amico, 512-627-1343, rdamico@texasaft.org Texas AFT President Zeph Capo commented today on the school shooting at Timberview High School in Mansfield ISD. What’s heartbreaking about this shooting is that we are again left with the reality that our schools will be targets for...

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