Topic: Parents

Texas AFT’s Linda Bridges and AFT’s Randi Weingarten Comment on Presidential Action on Immigration Policy

Texas AFT President Linda Bridges issued this statement responding to President Obama’s speech on immigration policy Thursday evening: President’s executive action on immigration is a needed first step for schools required by law to educate children of parents without legal status The executive actions announced today by the president are vital first steps in providing a stable learning environment for...

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AFT President’s Austin Q&A Explores Perception and Reality of Public Schools and School Reform

AFT President Randi Weingarten, in Austin last week for two national education conferences plus school visits involving our Education Austin local affiliate, took time as well for an interesting Q&A session on education issues with the editors of the capital city’s main newspaper, the Austin American-Statesman. Over the past weekend excerpts from that session were featured on the paper’s editorial...

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Principles That Unite Us: Democratic Ownership of Our Schools

Our ongoing campaign to reclaim the promise of public schools, launched with a National Day of Action on December 9, draws inspiration from a set of principles adopted by a broad coalition of educators, parents, students, and community stakeholders. We presented the introduction to these Principles That Unite Us in the last Hotline. Today’s Hotline lays out the next part...

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Two Visions of Public Education’s Future

AFT President Randi Weingarten's latest op-ed article appearing in the October 20 New York Times deserves the widest possible circulation. It neatly sums up the current situation in American public education, describing two utterly different, warring visions for the future of our public schools. We commend the article in full to your attention: "If you had $50,000 or more to...

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The Right Way to Innovate: Education Austin Sets an Example

The Austin American-Statesman carried a story of more than local interest this week on the start of an innovative “in-district charter” school in Austin ISD. The school is the product of a teacher-parent-community collaboration in which Education Austin, our local affiliate in the district, played a leading role. The new beginning of Travis Heights Elementary School with a focus on...

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Texas AFT State and Local Leaders Lobby U.S. Senators for Immigration Reform

Below are extended excerpts from a report by national AFT staffers on Wednesday’s Capitol Hill lobbying blitz by AFT leaders from around the country in support of comprehensive immigration reform. As you’ll see, Texas AFT leader-activists featured prominently in the day’s efforts: “On June 12, AFT members and leaders from seven states visited their senators from California, Maryland, New Mexico,...

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End-of-Session Peril: Oppose Involuntary “Charterization” of Neighborhood Schools!

A proposed agreement between House and Senate negotiators on SB 2, the charter-expansion bill, contains one of the worst ideas of the 2013 legislative session.  It’s a legislative deal made to order for the army of lobbyists campaigning to turn public schools over to private operators who can’t be bothered with meeting state quality standards. This provision in SB 2...

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Parent-Trigger Bill Debated in House Committee

Texas AFT legislative spokesman Ted Melina Raab testified this evening against SB 1263, the “parent trigger” bill by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) that would use the device of a parent petition as the pretext for handover of neighborhood schools with low performance ratings to private managers and charter operators. Melina Raab reminded the committee that there’s already a good “parent/teacher”...

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“Parent Tricker” Legislation Remains Pending in Senate—Write and Call ASAP

Action was delayed at least a day on another bad bill, SB 1263 by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) and Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston), which follows a model developed by out-of-state interests to promote the takeover of neighborhood schools by charter operators and private “alternative managers.” The bill remains pending on the Senate floor. Send your letter nowand make a call Tuesday...

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Oppose “Parent Tricker” Bill in Texas Senate, Coming Up on April 15

SB 1263 by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) and Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) is advertised as a “parent trigger” bill to help parents turn around their child’s low-performing school. But the bill really follows the blueprint of “parent tricker” legislation being pushed nationwide by extreme groups and private interests that stand to gain from converting neighborhood schools into charter schools. The...

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