The Round-Up (October 12, 2018)

Emily Ed Austin Member

Education Austin member Emily Hersh had a great pick for Lanier High School’s word of the week!


  • Getting ready for the November Election
  • AFT Lone Star working for college employees
  • Save money and maybe win some too!
  • Locals in Action
  • Not getting our daily Legislative Hotline? Here’s what you’ve missed
  • Want a fresh look at the top stories in Texas Education each day?
  • Take Action!
  • About this newsletter

Getting ready for the November Election

Northeast Houston AFT President Shonda Below (center right) welcomes School Board candidates.

It’s political season–again–and our local unions are gearing up for the November 6 election by holding candidate forums and recruiting volunteers to work on campaigns. This week PSJA AFT and Northeast Houston AFT each held political forums to introduce candidates to members and discuss issues, while Corpus Christi AFT went live on Facebook to plug an endorsed candidate for school board. (Edinburg AFT has an October 20 candidate forum planned.)

Education Austin has been recruiting members to block walk for its School Board race, and recently held a member social with free food and school supplies donated to the union to further engage members and get them to volunteer.

If you have a local union, get involved locally! You can also sign up here to volunteer and we’ll be happy to direct you to the appropriate place to help out.

AFT Lone Star working for college employees

AFT Lone Star College members at the college’s October 4 Board of Trustees meeting.

AFT Lone Star College members showed up in force at the college system’s Board of Trustees meeting on October 4 to outline recommendations for improvements in the working environment at the college. Issues discussed included adjunct faculty rights and compensation, campus safety, grievances and appeals of disciplinary actions and collaborative governance. The Conroe Courier has the full story.


Save money and maybe win some too!

As a Texas AFT member, you have access to a variety of benefits through Union Plus.

  • Save big money on everything from prescription glasses to electronics, to rental cars and gift baskets. Check it out today at
  • And what better way to explore savings than enrolling in the Union Plus Sweepstakes. Fill out and submit the online form by October 31, 2018, and you’ll be entered in the Union Plus Home for the Holidays Sweepstakes. In just a few weeks, you could be one of the five lucky winners who receives a check for $3,000. Good luck! Winners will be announced by November 16, 2018.


Locals in Action

  • In a speech to the San Antonio ISD School Board this week, San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel President Shelley Potter led a fight to get duty free lunch for teachers at two campuses where the teacher were losing that right that’s established under state law. Potter then revealed results of the union’s Resources Our Kids Deserve survey of district campuses.  “It seems to teachers as though there are two SAISDs–the one portrayed in the media and the one that teachers and students experience on an everyday basis,” she told the School Board. “In the one that teachers and students experience, basic resources are in short supply . . . reliable internet, functioning HVAC systems, reasonable class sizes, textbooks, and even teachers.” (To hear Potter’s presentation, click here,)
  • While AFT has sued Navient (the nation’s largest servicer of student loans) over its negligence in denying loan forgiveness programs, Alliance-AFT forges ahead with another Student Debt Clinic on Oct. 23 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the union hall, 334 Centre St, Dallas, TX 75208. The clinics help educators determine if they are eligible for programs to lower debt or eliminate it all together. (RSVP to Matt Tonge.)
  • AFT national also will sponsor a Debt Clinic webinar on Wednesday, October 17 at 6 (CST) p.m. Some student loan holders who work in public service are eligible for a program called Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which allows public sector employees to have all direct federal student loans forgiven. Experts from the AFT will walk callers through the basics of income-driven repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.  Register here.


  •  Alliance-AFT–along with coalition partners Our Communities, Our Schools–cosponsored a “State of Texas Public Education Event” in Dallas on September 29 to outline the issues facing educators and students in the upcoming legislative session. The Dallas AFL-CIO has the story.


  • La Joya AFT recently enrolled in the first course of Texas AFT’s Leadership La Joya Leadership AcademyAcademy, which trains local leaders on effective issue campaigns and member engagement, as well as developing strong local unions.
  • All local unions are getting ready for the November 6 election and working on state/local campaigns. They need your help with phone banking, mailings, block walking and more! Contact your local union or click here to volunteer.


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:

Want a fresh look at the top stories in Texas Education each day?

#TxEd in the Media

Want to see the highlights of Texas education news every day and get some quick analysis of how well the media is covering public education? Check in with #TxEd in the Media, a new daily feature from Texas AFT on Medium.

Take Action!

Whether it’s fighting for better health-care benefits for active and retired employees, or making sure 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 now…

  1. 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 our demands.
  3. RSVP for our Lobby Day and Rally at the state Capitol on March 11 (And RSVP for the Facebook Event!). It’s going to be a big one…Let’s plan for 10,000 strong!

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