Topic: Community Schools

Texas AFT convention highlights: Randi Weingarten speaks to the value of community schools in a “toxic” state and national environment

Texas AFT held its biennial convention--with the theme of "Public School Proud"--last weekend in El Paso. The convention included the usual business of electing statewide officers and deciding on resolutions to guide the union in the coming years. (Louis Malfaro was re-elected as president by acclamation, and Ray McMurrey was re-elected as secretary treasurer by acclamation.) The convention also included a day...

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Community schools update

By Dena Donaldson Texas AFT Community Schools Coordinator Since 1990, the school transformation framework known as “community schools” has become a nationally recognized way of strengthening neighborhood schools. Today, over 5,000 schools nationwide identify themselves as community schools. Texas AFT currently has four locals actively pursuing community school initiatives in their districts, with many other locals and districts interested in...

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Texas Community Schools Summit

Join teams from schools across Texas for a three-day summit that will provide tools for building thriving community school efforts! Whether you are new to the idea of community schools or already have an effort underway, you’ll find helpful information, ideas and networking. Sponsored by AVEY, TCSC, Austin ISD, Texas AFT and Save Texas Schools.

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Community-School Model Placed on Thursday House Agenda

A bill to promote the community-school model for turning around struggling campuses has been placed on the Texas House agenda for a possible vote on Thursday, May 11. HB 3861 by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) and Rep. Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) is pretty far down the list of bills eligible for a vote on the last day for House bills...

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Key Lawsuit Win on Teacher Evaluations; News on Vouchers, School Nurses and Retiree Health Care

Nurse-Staffing Notification, Community Schools, Employee Decision-Making, Accountability Bills Gain Ground:  HB 1847 by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), a good bill requiring parents to be notified when their child's school does not have a school nurse available throughout the school day, won quick, unanimous approval in the House Public Education Committee yesterday. Strong testimony by school nurse Starla Reichek of the...

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Bruising Battles at the State Capitol, and Glimmers of Hope?

Immigration Police:  The Texas Legislature took a large step this week toward turning local police into federal immigration-law enforcers, as the House passed a version of so-called “sanctuary cities” legislation very similar to the version previously passed by the Senate. The bill in question, SB 4 by Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), includes college and university peace officers among those authorized...

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Innovation grants help fund Texas community schools efforts

The American Federation of Teachers in September announced grants to fund community school initiatives in Texas and two other states to address children’s well-being and provide multiple pathways and diverse options to help them and their families succeed. The AFT Innovation Fund grants—$135,000 for each initiative—will kick-start community school efforts in Texas; Daly City, California; and Rome, New York. “We’re...

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Walk-Ins for Public Education Draw 100,000 People in More Than 200 Cities

In Texas and across the United States, 100,000 people in more than 200 cities took part in the latest—and by far the largest to date—wave of "walk-ins" to promote educational opportunity so that every child can attend a high-quality public school or university. At most events, occurring on or near October 6, supporters gathered outside their schools in the morning...

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