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Social Security Fairness Act Gains 60 Co-Sponsors 

The Social Security Fairness Act, which would repeal two federal provisions that cut public employees’ Social Security benefits, has reached a new milestone with 60 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the bill’s author, announced this week.  “Social Security is a bedrock of our middle class,” Brown said in his opening statement at a hearing on the...

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Big Win for Houston Public Schools After Charter Privatization Attempt

The Houston Federation of Teachers (HFT), led by president Jackie Anderson, along with a coalition of Houston community leaders including Sen. Borris Miles, Rep. Alma Allen, Commissioner Rodney Ellis, the NAACP, and faith leaders, successfully fought off an attempt by some Houston Independent School District (HISD) board members to rush...

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TEA Releases A-F Accountability Ratings for the First Time in 3 Years

This past Monday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released 2021-2022 school year accountability ratings for each of Texas’ 1,195 districts and 8,451 campuses. This is the first time since 2019 that TEA has published accountability ratings because of the COVID-19 disaster declaration during the previous two school years. While TEA...

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Texas AFT Hosts Capitol Listening Session on Teacher Shortage Research

In support of our recent report, Texas Needs Teachers (released with Battelle for Kids), Texas AFT hosted a virtual informational session this past Tuesday. We were joined by Rep. Art Fierro, Rep. Donna Howard, Rep. Rhetta Bowers, Rep. Terry Meza, and Rep. Penny Morales Shaw, as well as dozens of...

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Texas AFT Talks Public Education on Progress Texas Podcast

Texas AFT’s Patty Quinzi, director of Public Affairs and legislative counsel,  appeared as a guest on this week’s edition of the Progress Texas Happy Hour podcast. On the podcast, Quinzi shared her knowledge of the public education system in Texas and explained the multitude of issues plaguing public school teachers...

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By the Numbers: The Benefits of Joining Our Union

If we want to build power for school employees in Texas and win the respect we deserve, we need as many of the 656,000 school employees in this state standing with us as possible. The key to unlocking that power? It’s you.   In our most recent membership survey, 57% of...

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House Public Education Committee Meets to Discuss Student Assessment

The House Public Education committee met Tuesday to hear public and invited testimony concerning the implementation of HB 3906, as well as the progress on recommendations by the  2016 Commission on the Next Generation Assessments and Accountability. HB 3906, from the 86th legislative session in 2019, called for significant changes...

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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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