Topic: Press Releases

Poll: 91% of teachers voting in the Republican Primary want to ‘can’ Dan Patrick

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2018 CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Poll: 91% of teachers voting in the Republican Primary want to ‘can’ Dan Patrick Educators and others polled favor Republican Scott Milder by a wide margin, Collier leads decisively in Democratic primary A Texas AFT poll of 1,863 Texans (74 percent of them teachers or other school employees) shows...

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Texas AFT endorsements for the March 6 primaries

(Updated, 02/21/18, 9:42 a.m.) For Immediate Release February 13, 2018 Contact: Rob D'Amico 512-627-1343 In the March 6 party primaries, Texas AFT’s Committee on Political Education is recommending 26 candidates in contested Republican races and 26 candidates in contested Democratic races. (Note: A few more late-breaking endorsements may be added to the list before early voting starts on Feb. 20.)...

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Statement on decision of Speaker Straus not to seek re-election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2017 CONTACT: Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Speaker Straus has been a strong supporter of public education and those who serve the children in our public schools. Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro commented today on the decision of Texas Speaker Joe Straus not to seek re-election. We regret House Speaker Joe Straus’s decision not to seek another...

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School district ratings reveal continuing trend of charters underperforming traditional public schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2017 CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro commented today on the release of school accountability ratings by the Texas Education Agency:   We’re pleased to see a decline in the number of districts rated as “Improvement Required,” but it’s also clear that charter schools continue to underperform traditional public schools, since charter...

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School district ratings reveal continuing trend of charters underperforming traditional public schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2017 CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro commented today on the release of school accountability ratings by the Texas Education Agency:   We’re pleased to see a decline in the number of districts rated as “Improvement Required,” but it’s also clear that charter schools continue to underperform traditional public schools, since charter...

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Reflections on the rally for public education:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2017 CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Texans are fed up with the destructive course plotted by Abbott and Patrick   Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro commented today on the rally for public education at the state Capitol: Today’s rally for public education is yet another clear sign that Texans are fed up with the destructive agenda...

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Senate voucher scheme holds school funding hostage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 23, 2017 CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Texas AFT members urge state reps to reject private-school vouchers that poisoned a crucial school-finance bill A key school-finance bill passed by the Texas House was hijacked last week by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and some members of the Texas Senate intent on passing a scheme for private-school vouchers. “These...

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Private-school voucher bill hearing set for Tuesday at the state Capitol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2017 CONTACT: Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Vouchers would drain taxpayer money from public schools and funnel it to private schools with no accountability. Texas Public Schools could lose more than $2 billion! SB 3, the big voucher bill of the 2017 session by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), comes up for a hearing in the Senate Education...

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