Topic: Take Action

Day of Action Statewide Against Attack on Students and Teachers–“Because the Kids Are Worth It”

Texas AFT members came to the state capitol with parent and community allies on Monday to make their voices heard against a multi-pronged attack on Texas schools, students, teachers, and other school personnel. To a reporter who questioned why we are still fighting this battle against education cuts, Texas AFT President Linda Bridges offered a simple response:  "Because the kids...

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Coming Up in Congress—A Vote on the DREAM Act

As early as Friday, Congress may vote on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, bipartisan legislation that would ensure thousands of immigrant children who have grown up in the United States can get the post-secondary education they need to contribute to society.  Under the DREAM Act, qualified students who were brought to the United States before...

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Truth Test: Revenue Shortfalls and Public Opinion on How to Tackle Them

Major statewide officeholders like Gov. Rick Perry made a vigorous effort during election season to keep a lid on discussion of the deep and dangerous state budget deficit awaiting the next legislature. To a large extent, they succeeded. For instance, in one recent pre-election survey of public opinion only 3 percent of respondents listed the state budget shortfall as an...

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AFT President’s Comments, Voter Survey Put National Election Results in Perspective

AFT President Randi Weingarten said today that Tuesday's election results nationwide "reflect voters' fear and anxiety about the economy and whether they'll be able to provide for themselves and their families. That fear and anxiety existed the day before yesterday, and it exists today. The administration and elected leaders at every level must focus on the economy and on jobs,...

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Some Positive Local Election Results

Voters in San Antonio ISD gave our San Antonio local, the S.A. Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, a big victory today, with passage by a two-to-one margin of a bond issue worth $515 million, allowing much-needed renovations and improvements in school facilities across the district. Meanwhile, over in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, our Cy-Fair AFT affiliate played a leading role in...

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Election Results Portend Tougher Legislative Session in 2011

Today's election returns have tilted the playing field to the disadvantage of Texas educators and public schools, especially in the Texas House. The decision of Texas voters ousted more than 20 members of the House who have been reliable supporters of Texas students and their schools. In partisan terms, the results leave the House split between 99 Republicans and 51...

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Urgent: You Have a 12-Hour Window to Vote Tomorrow. What’s Your Plan?

What’s Your Plan to Make Your Vote Count Tomorrow?  Congratulations if you took advantage of early voting to cast your ballot in the important 2010 general election. If you haven’t yet voted, it’s time to make a definite plan to take advantage of your final opportunity to make your voice heard, at your local polling place between the hours of...

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Reminder: Early Voting Under Way Through Friday

Record-setting numbers of Texans are taking advantage of the opportunity to vote early in the November general election, and we encourage you to be among them, if you haven’t voted yet. The convenient 12-day window for early voting ends on Friday, October 29. You can vote at any early-voting location in the county where you are registered. The final chance...

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Still Need Motivation to Vote?

If you still need a reason to vote in the governor’s race, we invite you to consider the possible consequences of sitting this one out. Here’s a pertinent excerpt from a new article in Texas Monthly magazine about Gov. Rick Perry’s aspirations beyond the governorship: "Perry is positioning himself for a possible presidential run. His great opportunity is the next...

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Sign Up for NEW Texas AFT Text-Message Alerts

Election day on November 2 is just around the corner. The early-vote period has already started and runs through Friday, October 29, so avoid the long lines and vote early. Check with your local county clerk's office for early-vote sites, and on Tuesday, November 2, vote at your usual polling location. Texas AFT is launching a new text-messaging program that...

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Early Voting Starts–Stand Up for Texas Students and Education Employees!

Twelve days of early voting will run from today through October 29 in the general election that culminates with 12 hours of voting on Tuesday, November 2. We urge you to take advantage of the convenient early-voting period to support candidates who will work to build up public education and do right by Texas students and those who serve them...

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Time to Take Charge of Your Future: Early Voting Begins Monday, October 18

From time to time we spot a car with a bumper sticker that says: "It’s too bad the people who really know how to run the country are all too busy teaching school." We tend to agree that teachers and other school employees have a pretty good handle on what it would take to govern well. We certainly know that...

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