The Round-Up (July 25, 2018) Take Action on key pension decision

  • Take Action on key pension decision
  • Texas AFT members participate in national convention
  • Need some PD? We’ve got a Summer of Learning at
  • Report shows our state’s dismal role in “A Decade of Neglect” for public school funding
  • Benefit spotlight: Got in over your head with debt?
  • Not getting our daily Legislative Hotline? Here’s what you’ve missed
  • About this newsletter


Take Action on key pension decision

Texas AFT will bring in retirees from around the state to Austin Thursday for a news conference at the TRS building to highlight how the state needs to step up and increase its share of contributions to provide cost-of-living increases and help to lower health-care costs.

Amplify their voices to the TRS Board by sending board members a letter letting them know the state needs to honor its promise to retired educators for a pension and health-care plans that provide a dignified living!

The TRS Board on Friday will make a crucial decision on the adjusting its “assumed long-term average rate of return for investments” that could have a critical impact on the prospect for cost-of-living increases for pensions. Tell the Board to get it right, and to educate lawmakers–who have the ultimate authority to increase state contributions for pensions and health care–on the need to take care of our educator retirees!

Texas AFT members participate in national convention

Texas delegates take the stage at the national convention.

Two Texas AFT leaders were re-elected as vice presidents of the American Federation of Teachers at its 2018 convention, which concluded today in Pittsburgh. Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro and Houston Federation of Teachers President Zeph Capo will return as vice presidents and serve on the national union’s governing executive council.

Also re-elected were the AFT officers: President Randi Weingarten, Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson and Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Ricker. Weingarten was first elected in 2008 and so marks her 10th year as president. Johnson was first elected secretary-treasurer in 2011, and Ricker was first elected executive vice president in 2014.​

More than 3,000 AFT members from the across the country–including dozens from Texas–attended the convention as delegates and voted on a variety of resolutions that set the policies and direction of the union. Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro took to the floor at the convention to push a resolution decrying the separation of children from their immigrant parents on the border.​​  You can revisit all the daily news on the convention website.

Need some PD? We’ve got a Summer of Learning at

We know, as teachers, school support staff, education professionals and parents, you’re incredibly dedicated to giving our kids your all. And that continues over the weekends, during summer break and even holidays! We took a close look at how Share My Lesson members spend their summers—and the numbers speak volumes.*

  • 75% of educators prepare next year’s lesson plans during the summer months.
  • 83% of educators voluntarily engage in professional development over the summer.
  • 88% of educators share their lesson plan with colleagues.

* Based on 2016 survey conducted by Share My Lesson with 674 responses.

To support your focus on summertime planning, preparation and professional development, we’re featuring some of our best webinars, lessons, activities and blogs.

Join us on Thursdays, July 26 and August 2 and 9 for our free Summer of Learning professional development series.

Webinar topic areas include: Addressing Equity, Classroom Management, Current Events, Educator Wellness & New Teachers, School Leadership, Social-Emotional Learning and Teaching Strategies.

Earn Credit: Learn how you can earn professional development credit. Each session is worth an hour of continuing education credit, per your school’s or district’s approval.

Report shows our state’s dismal role in “A Decade of Neglect” for public school funding


Texas is at the top of the list of states with the largest cut in K-12 and higher education funding since the 2008 recession, according to a groundbreaking report by the American Federation of Teachers.

Governments in 25 states have shortchanged public K-12 education by $19 billion over the last decade, the report found. “A Decade of Neglect: Public Education Funding in the Aftermath of the Great Recession” details for the first time the devastating impact on schools, classrooms and students when states choose to pursue an austerity agenda in the false belief that tax cuts will pay for themselves.

Benefit spotlight: Got in over your head with debt?

Did you know your benefits include consumer credit counseling?

Certified, experienced consumer credit counseling advisors listen to you and your needs, then help you develop a plan of action for debt repayment that you can follow to help eliminate your debt. Labor union families can turn to Union Plus Credit Counseling through the non-profit Money Management International (MMI).

No confusing gimmicks or overwhelming options. Just sound advice that’ll help you stop collection agencies from controlling your financial life.

Your free budget planning and assessment session includes:

  • Complete financial review, including budget analysis and credit management counseling.
  • Assistance in budgeting or advice on sources of additional income.
    Advice on how to work with creditors
  • An Action Plan that summarizes your financial situation, provides a budget and timeline for reaching your debt management and repayment goals, and restates action items.
  • Referral to a social service organization in your area, if appropriate.
  • Referral to Union Plus Legal Service or Union Plus Mortgage Assistance program, if appropriate.

For more…

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

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:


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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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