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Action Needed: Special SBOE Meeting Dec. 13 on Instructional Materials, Library Books

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The State Board of Education (SBOE) is holding a special called meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, to take action on a few issues before the end of 2023.  First, the board intends to review and approve the rubrics for the new Instructional Materials Review and Adoption Process (IMRA) required by House Bill 1605. The public comment portal is open through...

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Texas AFT announces first round of primary endorsements

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Texas AFT is proud to make its first round of endorsements for State House, State Senate, and State Board of Education for the March 1 primaries. We are particularly proud of the AFT member activists that are standing up for their communities by running for office. Public education is at...

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Statement on racist comments from Cy-Fair School Board Member

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2022 CONTACT: Nikki Cowart, 281-787-9935, Vile comments from Cy-Fair School Board member should not go unchallenged School Board Member Scott Henry Cy-Fair AFT President Nikki Cowart commented today on statements from Cy-Fair ISD School Board Member Scott Henry while at a School Board work session...

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TRS members set to receive 13th check January 14

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TRS Graphic This week the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) announced that retired teachers will be receiving their one-time supplemental benefit check (commonly referred to as a “13th check”) next Friday, January 14. Those using direct deposit to receive TRS pension checks will likely receive the deposit that same...

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Omicron’s impacts on the 2022 back-to-school season

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The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has complicated the return to the classroom after winter break. The United States is averaging more than 300,000 new cases a day for the first time in the pandemic as of January 5, 2021. Hospitalizations are growing at a much slower rate than cases. The...

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Gov. Abbott releases additional federal funding for education

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Governor Greg Abbott recently announced the release of an additional $123.3 million in education funding appropriated to Texas by Congress as part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. With this latest release of federal funds, the state has directed over $362 million to higher education and $67.5 million...

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Texas AFT Endorses Candis Houston for HD 142

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Texas AFT is proud to endorse Candis Houston for Texas House of Representatives District 142. Candis is our union sister, the president of Aldine AFT, and a single mom working two jobs to put her daughters through college. An educator for 13 years in Aldine Independent School District, Candis' professional...

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SBEC hears info on learning loss and the need for higher teacher pay

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Board also approves new rules on teacher sanctions This past Friday, the State Board for Educator Certification met for its quarterly board meeting to receive comments from TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, discuss the proposed implementation of a new teacher certification assessment, implement new rules on teacher sanctions, and consider the...

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