Topic: Resources

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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A Look at TEA’s Plans for Compliance with Every Student Succeeds Act

Come hell or high water, the process of mapping out the state’s implementation of federal requirements that replaced the No Child Left Behind Act goes on. Because of the disruptions caused by Hurricane Harvey, however, federal officials gave the Texas Education Agency some extra time to submit the state plan required by the successor federal statute, the Every Student Succeeds...

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Hurricane Harvey (Information and Resources)

When natural disasters strike, they significantly affect our school communities, which often struggle with issues over transportation, damaged facilities, and impacted school employees and students. Here are links to resources and information.

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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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Take the AFT Quality of Work Life Survey

AFT has partnered with the Badass Teachers Association to conduct a national survey that will further examine how educators’ working conditions affect their health and well-being. Response to a prior survey made it clear that we needed to probe further to understand the challenges educators face. AFT's intent is to use the results to address these issues and to fight for programs...

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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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