Topic: Membership

National AFT Leader, in Austin on Back-to-School Tour, Spotlights Teachers and Bus Drivers “Making A Difference Every Day”

AFT Executive Vice President Lorretta Johnson was in Austin on September 7, where she visited with drivers at a school bus barn and toured an elementary school where an innovative partnership involving teachers, administrators, and the business community supports the efforts of successful educators who are helping to raise student academic achievement. Johnson's visit to Austin was part of the...

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AFT Resources Online: Free Webinars on Professional Issues—Next Up, Internet Privacy

The American Federation of Teachers offers a ton of professional tools for educators on the Web at http://www.aft.org/yourwork/tools4teachers/.  For example, you will find listed there upcoming offerings in the AFT series of free Webinars on professional issues. These are high-quality learning opportunities that can help you in your work. Next up in this series, on September 22 from 2 to...

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State Legislative Hearings on Higher Education Coming Up

At a time of high controversy over appropriate measures of performance by state colleges and universities, two state legislative committees will get involved in the debate via interim hearings over the next few weeks. The Texas House Higher Education Committee will hold an interim hearing next Wednesday, August 31, “to discuss matters pertaining to higher education, including an update on...

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AFT Member Helps Expose Corporate-Led Campaign Against Public Ed

AFT member Jim Randels, a veteran New Orleans public school teacher, was a featured speaker at an August 3 news conference designed to expose the anti-worker, anti-democratic laws being pushed through state legislatures around the country by a right-wing group funded by huge corporations. [Texas AFT thanks national AFT writer Dan Gursky for sending us this information, which is highly...

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Everyday Heroism: Charles “C.J.” Johnson, Paraprofessional Safety Worker, North Dallas High School, Alliance-AFT, Local 2260

A fifth-grade teacher from Connecticut and a New York teacher who carried her activist spirit with her into retirement in Florida were among the everyday heroes honored this week at the AFT TEACH professional-issues conference in the nation’s capital this week. Teacher Karen King has found myriad ways to help her students actively engage in humanitarian volunteer efforts across the...

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AFT President Challenges Self-Styled Reformers, Lays Out a Real Reform Agenda

In her July 11 keynote speech at AFT’s biennial educational-issues conference in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten called for education reform worthy of the name--based on quality teaching, with continuous teacher development, rich and meaningful curriculum, and the best ideas from schools here and abroad--drawing a sharp contrast with self-styled reformers who denigrate teachers, defund public education, and ignore...

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Strong Testimony Answers Attacks on School Funding, Teacher Pay, Contract Safeguards

Texas AFT testified against matching school-finance bills in the Texas House and Senate Thursday. The plans fall short on both adequacy and equity, and they would permanently enforce $4 billion in unprecedented cuts in public education. These bills, HB 1 and SB 1, would leave school districts uncertain whether they could count on state funding formulas; those formulas simply would...

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Tuition Exemption for Educational Aides—Helpful Amendment in House

Rep. Scott Hochberg, Democrat of Houston, did a good turn yesterday for educational aides who have been receiving scholarship help to attend college and become certified teachers. He amended his bill, HB 3624, to ensure that all those already attending college with the help of this program would remain eligible for the scholarships, even though from now on the program...

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The Neglected Issue of Equity in American Education

Equal opportunity for some of America's children is just a fairy tale, says the Spring 2011 American Educator, AFT's professional journal. The whole issue is devoted to answering how America, the land of opportunity, should define educational equity. Here's the introduction to a half-dozen articles exploring this theme (and we hope this introduction will tempt you to follow this link...

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New Move to Find “Non-Tax” Revenue in Texas Senate Education; Commissioner Eases Path for Districts to Use Fund Reserves

New Move in Senate to Scrape up More Revenue: The San Antonio Express-News reports that action is afoot in the state Senate to find $5 billion in additional revenue to reduce proposed budget cuts for education and health care in 2012-2013. At the behest of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a subcommittee on "fiscal matters" to be named Monday will be...

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