Topic: Support Professionals

Texas AFT Promotes College Funding, Scholarships for Educational Aides in State Budget Hearings

In recent testimony on state agencies’ budget requests, Texas AFT’s Government Relations team has seized the chance to urge investments in community colleges and in college scholarships for paraprofessionals seeking teaching degrees.  The testimony was delivered at joint hearings of the Legislative Budget Board staff and the staff of the Governor’s Budget Office. These hearings held in advance of the...

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You Can Do Something About EpiPen Price-Gouging

You probably have seen the news reports about outrageous price increases for lifesaving EpiPens. What can you do about it? Read the message below from Patricia Forrai-Gunter, a school nurse from Cleveland, Ohio, who serves on the AFT Nurses and Health Professionals Policy and Planning Council—and then heed her call to take action: As a school nurse, I've seen the...

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Nominate an Everyday Hero—Deadline March 11

Countless AFT members go beyond their regular responsibilities and make a difference every day in their workplace or the community. AFT wants to hear about these everyday heroes and give them the recognition they deserve. This could be a co-worker who has made a difference in his or her workplace; a member who has had a profound and positive impact...

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A Bit of Good News in the Budget Agreement—Tuition Scholarships for Educational Aides

A partial budget agreement announced by state House and Senate negotiators Wednesday afternoon reflected misplaced priorities on the biggest items at issue, but there was one bright spot. First, the bad news:  The House appeared to accept the Senate’s position on formula aid for school districts, which was well short of the overall increase proposed by the House and may...

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HESP Union Teams Up with Houston ISD on Riding Reading Program

The Houston Educational Support Personnel Union, our local affiliate for support employees in Houston ISD, on April 1 kicked off a new Riding Reading Program in collaboration with the district that will get transportation workers involved in efforts to promote literacy for the students riding their school buses. HESP Union President Wretha Thomas announced that bus attendants during the week...

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