Topic: Resources

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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Showdown in the March 6 Primaries

Who will be your pick for Lt. Governor? Our poll for who should be next Lt. Gov. is now closed!  Check back here for results soon. But first, here are some resources if you need to know more about the candidates. Republican Primary Dan Patrick Official Website Our Coverage Scott Milder Official Website Our Coverage Democratic Primary Michael Collier Official...

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Texas ranked 41st among states in quality of education, with a D+ in school finance

The annual Quality Counts report​ on state education efforts and results puts Texas in the bottom tier of states again this year​, with a ranking of 41st overall and a lowly D+ in school finance. Quality Counts is a highly regarded product of the researchers at Education Week magazine, using roughly 40 indicators to gauge state performance. The Texas ranking reflects the state’s chronic deficiencies in...

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Studies confirm Texas lagging badly in education funding

Yet again, Texas has been ranked among the worst in the nation when it comes to investing in our children.  A new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that "public investment in K-12 schools--crucial for communities to thrive and the U.S. economy to offer broad opportunity--has declined dramatically in a number of states over the last decade." The CBPP found...

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New report highlights the consequences of underfunding our public schools

Researchers at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium, and the University of Texas at Austin have summed up what we unfortunately have realized for several years, that the draconian budget cuts to public education in 2011 have had significant and ongoing negative impacts on our students. However, the groups' report--Consequences of the Texas Public School...

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TEA portal designed to give parents and educators tools for STAAR results, but Texas AFT president reminds us to look at the bigger picture

The Texas Education Agency encourages educators to have a look at what parents see when they log on to the TEA portal giving parents access to student, campus, and district test results. We encourage you to take TEA up on the invitation. The site offers links to a series of pages and videos offering more detail on how to use the system...

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Parents want well-funded neighborhood schools, not diversion of dollars to charters and vouchers

In a national Hart Research poll released today by the American Federation of Teachers, three in four public school parents say the public schools their children attend provide them with an excellent or good education. Some 79 percent of parents are satisfied with their children’s public schools when it comes to helping their children achieve their full potential, according to...

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