FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 17, 2020
Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343
Texas AFT President Zeph Capo sent Gov. Greg Abbott a letter this week urging him to end the school year—for on-campus instruction—and the governor did include such a mandate in his orders issued at a news conference today.
“We pushed for ending the school year because it was the only way to ensure the safety of our kids, their teachers, and all the staff at our public-school campuses,” said Zeph Capo, Texas AFT President. “While we are seeing hopeful signs that Texas is keeping the pandemic at bay with significant stay-at-home orders, we’re still facing rising infections and deaths, and it’s obvious that even if we see a decline in cases, there just isn’t enough time left to safely transition back to campus instruction.”
“While our teachers and school employees miss their students dearly and want to be providing them the best instruction possible, the governor’s order is the right thing to do, especially since it will allow districts to focus more on what it will take to open schools and have them humming academically in the fall,” Capo said.
Texas American Federation of Teachers represents some 65,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.