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Feb. 23: Early Voting Kicks Off

Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 Could you use some good news? Because we could use some good news.  Here at Texas AFT, we bring you need-to-know information on the state of public education in Texas with every Friday’s Hotline. And we are acutely aware that, by and large, the news we have to share is, well, less than uplifting.   So today,...

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Biden administration extends pause on student loan payments

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The Biden administration has extended the pause for federal student loan payments, interest, and collections, until August. 31. The move follows other extensions for the pause, which was instituted in March 2020 to help borrowers impacted economically by the pandemic. The U.S. Department of Education also is creating a process...

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New ‘Mindfulness Essentials’ series

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The Bridges Institute is returning with our Mindfulness Essentials series in 2022! They began on March 23, and we will be offering six sessions every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. CPE credit will be issued for each hour attended.  Participants will also receive a link to join weekly, free...

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Senate Education Committee gets new chair

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Sen. Brandon Creighton Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has appointed Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) to chair the Education Committee during the interim and will keep him as chair of the Higher Education Committee. However, Patrick intends to make the Higher Education Committee a subcommittee of the Education Committee in the next...

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Make sure you’re registered to vote leading up to May 7 elections

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Many communities across Texas will hold local elections—including for school boards—on May 7. But all registered Texans will have a choice to vote on two proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that adjust property tax homestead exemptions and rates. Many Houston and Harris County residents will also get to vote...

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