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SBOE Preview: New Charter Schools up for Consideration

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The State Board of Education (SBOE) will begin its regular meeting in Austin on Tuesday, June 28. The packed agenda is dominated by an issue that Texas AFT monitors very closely: the review and approval of new charter school campuses. We want to preview this topic for you now, as it is a major focal point in stopping the expansion...

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San Antonio’s Largest ISD makes Election Day a Holiday, Prioritizing Student Safety

Election Day is Nov. 8, and Northside Independent School District, San Antonio’s largest district, announced Tuesday that it would make the date a student holiday this year. This news comes as Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said she expects record, “presidential-level” midterm election turnout this fall.  Following the mass...

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Statement on Gov. Abbott’s ‘School Choice’ Press Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Aug. 11, 2022  CONTACT: press@texasaft.org  Texas AFT President Zeph Capo commented today after Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference to discuss “school choice” at The King’s Academy, a private “Christ-centered” school in Dallas:   Source: Texas Parent PAC poll of likely Texas voters, May 2022 All I can...

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SBOE Holds Special Meeting to Review Social Studies TEKS

Texas AFT Policy Analyst Kelsey Kling testifies at Monday's SBOE meeting. On Monday, the State Board of Education held a special meeting to conduct a public hearing and discussion on the revised social studies TEKS.  Invited testifiers included Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht, who spoke about the need for...

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New Study Provides Solutions for Texas’ Teacher & School Staff Retention Crisis

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2022 CONTACT:  press@texasaft.org New Study Provides Solutions for Texas’ Teacher & School Staff Retention Crisis Meanwhile, the House Public Education Committee meets for two days without invited testimony from Texas educators.  HOUSTON –  Nearly 43,000 Texas teachers left their job in the last school year,...

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