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Lt. Gov. Announces Interim Charges to Study for 2025 Session 

This Thursday, April 11, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick dropped a list of 57 charges for senate committees to study in preparation for the 89th legislative session next spring. Nearly a third of the charges he included were either directly or indirectly related to education in Texas, but none of the charges directed lawmakers to study the need for increased school...

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House committee hears retirees call for a COLA as TRS investment returns soar

Gray stone wall engrave "Teacher Retirement System of Texas"

On Monday, Texas AFT Staff Researcher Eli Melendrez and Texas AFT Retiree Plus member Lydia Carrillo-Valdez testified in front of the Texas House Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services (PIFS) Committee in favor of a significant cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for TRS retirees.  Melendrez testified that due to high inflation over the...

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Tuesday March to give a message to Sen. Ted Cruz

Sen. Cruz stands in a blue shirt, no tie, with a quizzical look on his face against a vibrant orange stage backdrop.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2022 CONTACT: Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343, rdamico@texasaft.org Teachers union will join other organizations in calling for the senator to stop the gun violence with commonsense steps in the U.S. Senate What:  Sen. Cruz’s response to the Uvalde shooting has been abominable. The senator is beating a drum...

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Senate and House Education Committees recap

Patty Quinzi, seated at testimony table in black suit, speaks to wood dais of state senators

Texas AFT Government Relations Director Patty Quinzi testifies before the Texas Senate Education Committee Tuesday. The Senate Education Committee met Tuesday to discuss interim charges. The day began with testimony from Education Commissioner Mike Morath on the implementation of HB 3 and HB 1525, the massive school finance packages of...

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Houston unions victorious with a historic pay raise plan

Superintendent Millard House in gray suit and glasses speaks to press.

Houston ISD Superintendent Millard House holds a press conference to announce a comprehensive pay raise plan. Standing with him are union presidents Wretha Thomas of HESP (left in orange) and Jackie Anderson of HFT (right in red). After initial Houston ISD salary proposals were seen as insufficient to address the...

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