Topic: El Paso AFT

Professional Development: Trauma Informed Teachers Workshop in El Paso

In the wake of the shooting in El Paso, our local unions there continue their work to ensure our school employees are equipped to help students heal and provide a support network for the future. The workshops (for CPE credit) on October 24 and 26 are open to all but will be limited to 30 participants with preference given to...

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El Paso AFT fights grant paving way for charter takeovers

Tomorrow, El Paso AFT will be taking on the pro-privatization charter industry at a Special Meeting of the El Paso ISD School Board. The Board is scheduled to consider a $5 million Texas Education Agency Transformation Zone grant, which would effectively turn over management of eight district schools to one or more private vendors. Currently, the New Tech Network and Engage...

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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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Innovation grants help fund Texas community schools efforts

The American Federation of Teachers in September announced grants to fund community school initiatives in Texas and two other states to address children’s well-being and provide multiple pathways and diverse options to help them and their families succeed. The AFT Innovation Fund grants—$135,000 for each initiative—will kick-start community school efforts in Texas; Daly City, California; and Rome, New York. “We’re...

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