Topic: Surveys

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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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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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 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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Survey Shows Destructive Budget Cuts Hitting Students and Teachers Hard

A recent Texas AFT web survey of more than 3,500 teachers, school employees and parents reveals the extent to which our schools are experiencing widespread layoffs, cuts to key programs and services, larger class sizes, and stressful conditions for teaching and learning—all related to the $5.4 billion in state budget cuts enacted this year. In addition to quantifying some of...

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What Do You Think? Let Your Voice Be Heard on Current Issues Via “AFT Voices”

On the “AFT Voices” Web site (http://www.aft.org/voices/), AFT members like you are invited to say what you think about a wide array of current issues affecting teachers, paraprofessionals, and all school-related personnel.  Your opinions are valued and need to be heard. So here’s a menu of the current crop of questions you are invited to answer—and we encourage you to...

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Impact of State Budget Cuts: Last Chance to Have Your Say Via Online Survey

We’re coming down to the final few days of our online survey regarding the impact of recent state education cuts in your school districts. Thanks are due to the thousands of you who have already responded.  If you have not yet participated, please do so now. Please help Texas AFT gauge and chronicle the impact of the $5.4 billion in...

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School-Finance Analysts Tally Staffing Reductions in Wake of Budget Cuts—Tell Your Story

The school-finance specialists at the Austin consulting firm of Moak, Casey & Associates have a new report out offering an early look at school districts’ responses to the state budget cuts of $5.4 billion for the 2012-2013 biennium. The report says: “Districts responding to a recent survey on staffing practices indicated that they are employing 11,833 fewer staff members than...

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Impact of State Budget Cuts—Class Sizes Ballooning, Local Tax Rates Headed Back to the Max; Help Us Tell the Story by Filling Out Our Survey

While the legislative perpetrators of $5.4 billion in state budget cuts for Texas public education try to sell the myth that there were no cuts at all enacted this year, the reality of those cuts is hitting home in school districts and classrooms across Texas. In grades K-4, state class-size limits of 22 pupils per teacher in each classroom have...

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Help Document the Impact of State Education Cuts: Take Texas AFT Survey Online

Help us gauge and chronicle the impact of $5.4 billion in state education cuts by  taking a short online survey.  Texas AFT wants to know how these cuts already are affecting the schoolchildren, parents, teachers, other school employees, and neighborhood schools in your community.  We intend to share this information far and wide with lawmakers, the media, and everyone concerned...

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