Topic: Resources

Last Call for Responses to Texas AFT Spring Survey on 2012-2013 Budget-Cut Impacts

Last fall more than 3,500 individuals responded to a Texas AFT survey on the impact of state budget cuts on their schools.  The survey received widespread media coverage and helped continue the dialogue about the harmful effects of $5.4 billion in cuts to public education.  Now’s your chance to weigh in again with a follow-up survey that gauges planned cuts...

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Sen. Lucio’s Town Hall in Harlingen Spotlights Need for Change at Capitol

The harmful impacts of the 2011 state legislative session on public education do not sit well with Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., and he is determined to hold the legislature to account for what it did and to try to fix it in the 2013 session.  Hence the Brownsville Democrat has been holding a series of town halls across his Rio...

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Reminder: Take the Impact of State Budget Cuts Survey

More than 2,300 respondents already have weighed in on our survey to gauge the impact of state budget cuts to public education. The survey is your chance to help lawmakers understand the real impacts of their votes so that we can help reverse the cuts in the 2013 legislative session. Take the survey now, and pass it on your friends...

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Texas Teacher Magazine Spring Edition Now Online

The spring edition of Texas AFT's flagship publication--Texas Teacher--will be in member mailboxes in the next couple of days, but you can also find the edition online. Featured in this edition: Election resources and how you can get involved in electing true friends of public education. A look at McAllen ISD's plan to give all students iPads. Legislative updates covering...

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More Districts Pass Resolutions Against Overemphasis on Testing; PTA Launches Resolution Effort

At least 407 Texas school boards now have now passed a resolution calling for the legislature to reexamine the state's accountability system. The resolution--sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA)--asks the Legislature to "develop a system that encompasses multiple assessments, reflects greater validity, uses more cost efficient sampling techniques and other external evaluation arrangements, and more accurately reflects...

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New Survey to Weigh in on Impacts of State Budget Cuts

In November, more than 3,500 people responded to Texas AFT's survey on the impact of state budget cuts to public education. The survey received widespread media coverage and highlighted the harmful effects of $5.4 billion in cuts to public education. Now's your chance to weigh in again with a follow-up survey that also asks for information on planned cuts and...

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Claims Made for Online K-12 Instruction Examined

The National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado has emerged as a reliable source for sober policy analysis of the latest educational fads promoted by assorted educational entrepreneurs (www.nepc.colorado.edu). The center’s “Think Twice” project in particular specializes in debunking inflated claims made by think tanks on behalf of supposed “educational reforms.” A good example of the NEPC’s work...

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U.S. Dropout Disaster? No, But We’re Glad You Asked

Claims of disastrous U.S. dropout rates feature prominently in the indictment of public education presented by pseudo-reformers who are out to privatize our public schools. We’re told that dropout rates either haven’t budged or actually have been getting worse, with severe consequences for the U.S. economy. However, as Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute has shown, “this is definitely...

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National Studies Spotlight School Inequality, Teacher Dissatisfaction—Texas Teachers Can “Relate”

School Inequality New data from the U.S. Department of Education show that America's schools are still separate and unequal, and our failure to address this problem will consign legions of minority children to a disadvantaged and economically limited life, AFT President Randi Weingarten said. The new data from the department's Office for Civil Rights, released March 6, come from a...

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Texas “Parent Trigger” for Charter Conversion of Neighborhood Schools Has Limited Scope

Charter-school operators who want to take over neighborhood schools have hit upon a new strategy of late, seeking to pass state legislation under which a majority of parents at a campus can trigger charter conversion by petition. The prototype of this so-called “parent trigger” legislation, based on a model promoted by the corporate-dominated American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), was passed...

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From Cradle to Grade: Getting Education Right from the Start

The latest issue of American Teacher, the magazine of the American Federation of Teachers, outlines the results of an important new AFT study that looks at effective transitions from pre-kindergarten through third grade. “Right from the Start,” a study funded through the Pew Charitable Trusts, highlights field-tested measures to build effective collaboration between the pre-K and elementary communities. “Collaborative, thoughtful...

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Texas AFT Survey of Superintendents Shows Students Not Sheltered from Impact of Budget Cuts

A recent Texas AFT survey of public school superintendents from 241 districts found that state budget cuts of $5.4 billion are having a significant impact on classroom instruction, teacher morale and help for struggling students. “Students are not being sheltered from budget cuts, as some of the state’s leadership suggested would be the case last year when they took an...

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