Topic: Schoolchildren

Students rally against gun violence on campus

Thousands of students across Texas and the nation rallied against gun violence in schools and called for stricter enforcement of gun-safety laws on Friday in commemoration of the students who lost their lives in the Columbine High School school shootings 19 years ago. The American Federation of Teachers joined student, education, and gun-safety groups in actions around the country as...

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Voter registration—deadline April 5 for May 5 elections

Quite a number of school districts will hold elections for board trustees or bond elections on May 5. The deadline for registering to vote in these May 5 elections is April 5. For more information, see https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/index.html.

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No more time to waste—tell Congress to renew Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

U.S. senators and members of the U.S. House are falling down on the job, failing to take prompt action to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program on which nine million children from low-income working families depend for their health coverage. Though lawmakers across the partisan dividing lines profess to agree on the need to extend the program’s funding, Congress allowed...

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Update on Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); First look at education costs to state from Hurricane Harvey

Update on Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): If the U.S. Congress does not quickly renew the expired authority for the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, hundreds of thousands of Texas schoolchildren from low-income working families are going to lose their health coverage by next February. That’s when the state would run out of CHIP funds if Congress fails to extend the...

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Texas AFT Round-Up: News on free school supplies, hurricane relief, TRS retiree health care changes

AFT joined First Book and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Wednesday to launch the Essentials for Kids Fund, a national initiative that will provide books, educational resources and basic-needs items for educators and their students in districts where the public schools are severely underfunded. As part of the launch, Essentials for Kids will deliver brand-new books and basic necessities,...

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House accepts stripped-down Senate school-funding bill with TRS-Care cost relief, then shuts down special session

The Texas House voted 94 to 46 this evening to accept a stripped-down Senate version of HB 21 on school funding. The Senate amendments to HB 21 eliminated $1.5 billion of the $1.8 billion in the House-passed version, completely eliminating the main sources of any new aid to cash-strapped urban districts--a proposed increase in the basic allotment and in bilingual-education...

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Send a Message to the U.S. Education Secretary—Oppose This Cruel and Catastrophic Budget

Please join tens of thousands of AFT members who already have answered the call to speak out against the disastrous education budget proposal from the Donald Trump administration. Send your e-letter now to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to renounce this retrograde plan. Just look at what the Trump/DeVos budget proposes: While Trump and DeVos chose private schools...

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