Topic: Take Action

Take a Stand Against the Fixation on High-Stakes Testing: Sign the AFT Petition!

On June 19 the Texas House Public Education Committee heard from parents, students, teachers, and university experts calling for fundamental reform of our state’s test-driven accountability system (see June 19 Texas AFT Legislative Hotline). Now, on the national level, the American Federation of Teachers is providing you with a chance to take a stand against the fixation on low-quality, high-stakes...

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The Romney “Choice” for Public Education

We are accustomed to grousing with the best of them about problems with assorted initiatives of the current U.S. Department of Education. We will continue to do so when we see Secretary Arne Duncan and company encouraging excessive reliance on standardized test scores as the measure of educational quality, or promoting charter schools indiscriminately, in spite of the conspicuous absence...

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Don’t Fall for False State Budget Choices—Sign Texas Forward Petition

Texas AFT is proud to be part of the Texas Forward revenue coalition seeking a better approach to the state budget than the current policy of nothing but cuts in vital state services. So we are pleased to invite you to join in a new Texas Forward petition drive against the latest efforts to pit essential health and educational services...

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Support Paycheck Fairness for Women

AFT President Randi Weingarten on May 31 called on leaders in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. This vital legislation, which could be voted on by the U.S. Senate as early as next week, will address the continuing pay gap between men and women in the workplace. She also called out GOP presidential...

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Primary Election Results and Upcoming Runoffs

Thanks are due to all Texas AFT members who voted and volunteered in key contested races on the May 29 Democratic and Republican primary ballots. Your efforts paid off. We'll parse the results in more detail later, but in good measure thanks to you Texas AFT's chosen candidates prevailed in 26 out of 41 top races, with six more headed...

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Vote Today!

Check out Texas AFT's election central on the Web for recommendations in key contested races, make sure you go to the right polling place, and make sure you get there and cast your vote before the polls close at 7 p.m.

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Vote in Primary Election Tuesday, May 29!

Last year, when the Texas legislature was chopping the education budget and cutting back rights and benefits of education employees, we said we'd remember and we'd vote in 2012. Now our moment has arrived. Republican and Democratic Party nominations for every post from U.S. senator to local constable will be on the ballot Tuesday, May 29, from 7 a.m. to...

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Last Day of Early Voting Tomorrow—Make Your Vote Count

In case you need the motivation or the information, we repeat what we said a few days ago: For the lawmakers who saw fit to cut education funding severely and curtail education employees’ rights and benefits last session, the first of two moments of reckoning in 2012 has arrived. Early voting in the primary elections to determine Democratic and Republican...

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Romney Attacks Public Education, Teachers; AFT Responds

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten was quick to respond to an attack on public education this week by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. She writes: “He unveiled his proposals today and offered them up on a platter of rehashed rhetoric, failed initiatives, and the promotion of division over cooperation. “Instead of committing to ensure quality public education...

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Early Voting Continues in High-Impact Primary Elections—Make Your Vote Count!

For the lawmakers who saw fit to cut education funding severely and curtail education employees' rights and benefits last session, the first of two moments of reckoning in 2012 has arrived. Early voting in the primary elections to determine Democratic and Republican nominees is under way from now through May 25. The primaries culminate on May 29, when the polls...

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State Board of Education Up for Grabs

Every seat on the State Board of Education is up for grabs in this year's elections after the decennial redrawing of SBOE district lines by the legislature. You really need a scorecard to keep track of all the players competing for the 15 SBOE slots, and fortunately our friends at the Texas Freedom Network have provided just what's needed on...

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The 2012 Legislative Elections Have Begun—Time for Accountability

The 2011 Texas legislature produced harsh outcomes for public education in our state, slashing $5.4 billion (an average of roughly $540 per pupil per year) from already inadequate levels of state funding for pre-K/12 schools, cutting an additional chunk out of higher education, and curtailing state contributions for Teacher Retirement System pensions and health care as well. With the support...

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