Topic: Teachers

Statement on Texas House committee hearings on teacher compensation and charter school expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2018 CONTACT: Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Louis Malfaro, Texas AFT president, commented today on the Texas House Public Education Committee’s hearings on teacher pay and charter schools: Teacher compensation Priority one—raising base pay Average teacher pay in Texas lags more than $6,000 below the national average and about 20 percent below pay in Texas for other...

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It’s Teacher Appreciation Day: Pledge to support teachers and public schools

Thanks to all our members who are teachers and school employees for all your hard work, perseverance and passion. AFT President Randi Weingarten also had a message for the nation at large on this special day: When it comes to appreciating educators, please heed an old expression: Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk. Educators go into our profession...

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AFT supports Arizona teachers

The Arizona teachers’ walkout continues today, extending the protest into its fourth day. Yesterday, AFT President Randi Weingarten joined more than 10,000 teachers and supporters in the state capital and described their struggle on MSNBC, pointing out that while the governor has agreed to raise teacher salaries, he may deplete school improvement funding to do it. “We need funding for textbooks,...

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Arizona schools closed today as teachers rallied at the state capitol

Thousands of teachers and their advocates have flooded Phoenix today to demand more funding for their schools. It is the third day of a teacher walkout in Arizona that began last Thursday and closed more than 1,000 schools. The governor has agreed to boost teacher pay by 20 percent, but, as Arizona AFT President Ralph Quintana writes in AFT Voices, there...

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Teachers rallying for better pay and adequate funding of schools draw public support

Thousands of teachers in Arizona and Colorado are rallying Thursday at their state capitols for more education funding. The Arizona American Federation of Teachers released a realistic plan to restore the more than $1.5 billion in education funding cuts since 2008 and create a continuous revenue stream for funding public schools and much-needed pay raises for teachers and other school...

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Deteriorating health benefits for Texas school employees are just one part of a bigger story

The April 20 Hotline reported the continuing health-care cost increases and benefit cuts facing current Texas school employees, spotlighting the damage incurred by TRS-ActiveCare participants as a result of stagnant state contributions that cover less and less of the costs. An upcoming Hotline will fill in the details of the damage, but first let’s recognize that this latest hit is...

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