The Round-Up (Aug. 19, 2018)

  • Welcome back to school!
  • A lesson plan or resource for every need: Share My Lesson
  • Saving money with Union Plus
  • Look for us out in the schools!
  • Speak Out! Stand Together!
  • Not getting our daily Legislative Hotline? Here’s what you’ve missed
  • About this newsletter

Welcome back to school!

Remember when everyone started the school year at the same time? Well, there was a run of years with state law requiring that districts not start the school year until the fourth Monday of August. But another law creating something called Districts of Innovation (DOI) threw that notion on its head. While the DOI could be used by districts to avoid many sections of the education code we feel are important (teacher contract rights, class-size caps, etc.), hundreds of districts flocked to get the designation just so that they could start school earlier.

So many of you will start school tomorrow, many next week, and many may already be on your second week back! Regardless, we wish you a healthy, happy and inspired year. Most of the stories below will help you accomplish that goal!

A lesson plan or resource for every need: Share My Lesson

With more than 420,000 free lesson plans, is the g0-to place for finding great resources for your class. Designed by teachers and for teachers, Share My Lesson includes sections from high-quality content partners, as well as lessons uploaded by state–including a large number of resources created by Texas AFT members.


Share My Lesson also includes a large number of professional development webinars (for credit) specific to your grade level, including coursework focusing on classroom management, social-emotional learning, and dozens of other topics. Many other resources also are available for support professionals and other school employees.

Saving money with Union Plus

Did you know that your Texas AFT membership comes with an automatic membership to Union Plus, where you can find a huge variety of discounts on products, services and insurance?

Now is the time to browse and discover, so that you can refer to the site throughout the school year to save big money on everything from prescription glasses to electronics, to rental cars and gift baskets. Check it out today at

Look for us out in the schools!

Staff and volunteers from our Texas AFT locals and statewide Associate Member Programs have been out in full force to meet and greet members and recruit new members to our movement. Find out more about joining Texas AFT here.

Watch our video on how it’s time to Speak Out! and Stand Together as educators.


Speak Out! Stand Together!

Whether it’s fighting for better health-care benefits for active and retired employees, or ensuring that our school children have the resources they need to succeed, now is the time for Texas educators to Speak Out! and Stand Together! to ensure that lawmakers take action in the next legislative session in January.

Here’s what you can do…

  1. Register to vote now and vote in November (stay tuned for details on candidates you can count on to support public education).
  2. Sign our petition letting lawmakers know we won’t take “no” for an answer to these demands.
  3. RSVP for our Lobby Day and Rally at the state Capitol on March. It’s going to be a big one!
  4. If you have a local union, get involved locally! Our local unions in Dallas and Houston, as well as locals for several other districts across the state, have been instrumental in securing pay raises for their school employees through their advocacy efforts.


Not getting the Legislative Hotline? Here’s what you’ve missed…

Malfaro and Williams

Josh Hinkle of KXAN welcomes Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro and former Education Commissioner Michael Williams to “State of Texas In-Depth,” which focused on debating the new A-F accountability rating system for districts released last week.  You can watch the coverage at the 6-minute mark here.

Texas AFT publishes a daily Legislative Hotline to keep you informed about education policy, politics, union news, and events. Not on the list? Here are a couple of items you missed:

About this newsletter

Round-Up is the email newsletter from Texas AFT and is published every two weeks. You are on this list because you either subscribed, or you were added when you opted in participating in a Texas AFT action campaign. You may unsubscribe at any time with the link below, but we’d love to have you stay to hear more about our union, public education, and your profession.

Texas American Federation of Teachers represents more than 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.


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