Topic: Community Schools

Report Ranks Texas Near Bottom in Child Well-Being

There is little for Texans to cheer about in the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In this year’s report on various dimensions of child well-being, Texas continues to rank among the bottom 10 states—number 43, to be exact, two notches down from where the state ranked last year.  Improvements in children’s health-insurance coverage and...

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Texas AFT Locals Hold “Walk-Ins” for Full-Service Community Schools

Texas AFT local affiliates in Austin ISD, Houston ISD, and Dallas ISD are taking part in a National Day of Action on February 17 to promote community schools with a novel tactic. They are conducting campus “walk-ins” alongside school officials and community allies to show support for the community-school model of sustainable school improvement, involving grass-roots design and coordination of...

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Texas AFT to Feds: New Law Means No More Test-and-Punish Business as Usual

Since the U.S. Congress passed and the President signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) last month, the U.S. Department of Education already has begun the process of developing regulations to implement the new law. Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro has provided federal education officials with some sharply worded advice on the proper scope of the new rulemaking: We strongly...

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AFT’s TEACH Conference Features Texas Community Schools as Model

At the AFT TEACH conference on educational issues this week in the nation’s capital, the Texas experiment with community schools was at the center of a session showing how union and community can combine forces to support disadvantaged children. Attendees heard the story of an effective response by Austin ISD, Education Austin (Texas AFT’s affiliate in the district), parents, and...

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As Texas Legislature Adjourns, Texas AFT Leader Sizes Up Missed Opportunity

The 84th regular session of the Texas legislature ended Monday shortly after mid-day. Here’s how Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro sized up the session in a press release Monday afternoon: Legislature falls short (way short) on public education funding At the beginning of the year there was a lot of talk from state leaders about prioritizing efforts to improve public...

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House Passes Community-School Bill, Decision Time in Senate

The Texas House gave final approval Friday, May 15, to a bill proposing a proven, effective strategy for school improvement—one that builds up the services and supports students need in and out of school to be successful academically. That is the community-school model, and the bipartisan bill to make it the preferred option for turnaround of struggling schools is HB...

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Last Four Weeks of the Legislative Session—Not for the Faint of Heart

The 84th regular session of the Texas legislature is down to its last four weeks, and much of the hard work of the session still lies ahead. Big policy decisions hang in the balance affecting your livelihood, your profession, the educational institutions where you work, and the students who are at the center of our common concern. Powerful private interest...

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Community-Schools Initiative Gets a Friendly Hearing in House

Two bills by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), HB 1891 and HB 1892, got a favorable hearing in the House Public Education Committee Tuesday. Community schools offer a positive model of school turnaround and improvement, based on parent-teacher-community teamwork to marshal resources needed to address factors both outside and inside the schoolhouse affecting student achievement. Texas AFT strongly supports community-schools initiatives...

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