Topic: Alliance-AFT

Most districts fare well in local bond elections, while one key school board remains undecided

School district bond elections were mostly successful in Saturday's local elections, with 40 of the 50 measures on the ballot passing. Meanwhile, one key race for Dallas ISD's School Board remains undecided and headed to a runoff.  Members of our local affiliate--Alliance AFT--worked for the re-election of incumbent Bernadette Nutall with thousands of phone calls and door knocks in Dallas...

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Community schools update

By Dena Donaldson Texas AFT Community Schools Coordinator Since 1990, the school transformation framework known as “community schools” has become a nationally recognized way of strengthening neighborhood schools. Today, over 5,000 schools nationwide identify themselves as community schools. Texas AFT currently has four locals actively pursuing community school initiatives in their districts, with many other locals and districts interested in...

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Ebola-related Training and Preparedness—Key Components of “Safe Schools Week”

Texas AFT issued a press release today marking the occasion of “Safe Schools Week” with a call for Ebola training and preparedness. Here is the text of today’s release: October 19-25 is Safe Schools Week—an initiative of the Texas Education Agency and the Texas School Safety Center to “to develop robust emergency operations plans for a wide range of possible...

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A Win in Dallas ISD for the Community Coalition Fighting Corporate Takeover

A school-board runoff election in Dallas ISD on June 21 produced a big win for the community coalition (including our Alliance-AFT affiliate) that has been fighting a corporate takeover of Dallas ISD schools. The takeover has been cloaked in the guise of “home rule.” But it would really usher in even more control over district policies by elite interest groups...

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Judge Finds Dallas Home-Rule Process Illegal, Potentially Harmful, But Lets it Proceed; Local Texas AFT Affiliate Appeals to Higher Court

A state district judge in Dallas confirmed today that Dallas ISD’s process for choosing classroom teachers to serve on a home-rule charter drafting commission violated state law, as alleged in a lawsuit filed by our Dallas affiliate, the Alliance-AFT. Members of a district-wide advisory committee, who by law are entrusted with naming four classroom teachers to the commission, were not...

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Texas AFT’s Dallas Local Wins Court Order Blocking Formation of Home-Rule Commission

The previous Hotline reported that Texas AFT’s local affiliate in Dallas ISD had filed a petition for a temporary restraining order to bar the school district from proceeding with illegal appointments to a “home rule” charter commission. This commission would have the authority to propose sweeping exemptions from statutory safeguards that protect students and teachers. Today we can report that...

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