Topic: Surveys

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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Paraprofessionals, Have Your Say: Working With Students With Disabililties

A new question has been posted this week on the “AFT Voices” Web site, specifically directed to paraprofessionals who deal with students with disabilities. Here’s the question:  “What is the most pressing issue facing paraprofessionals who work with students with disabilities?”  You can have your say by leaving a comment at this site:  http://www.aft.org/voices/singlequestion.cfm?qid=112. To see all the prior questions...

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Teacher Appreciation: Admired Yet Under-Appreciated

A private foundation’s new survey on public regard for teachers in America shows that teachers are held in high esteem indeed, notwithstanding what you might suppose when you see all the teacher-bashing stories carried in the mass media. We spotted a report on this new national survey by our friends at the AFL-CIO and decided it deserved your notice. The...

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Texas AFT Survey on Teacher Evaluation—Last Chance to Opine

Texas AFT’s Committee on Quality Educational Standards in Teaching (QuEST) invites you to take part in a survey for teachers on the evaluation systems currently in effect in your districts and possible alternatives. Please help guide our efforts to improve evaluation systems by taking this short survey online at http://survey.texasaft.org. The last day to take part is February 1.

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Take Texas AFT’s Survey on Teacher Evaluation

Texas AFT’s Committee on Quality Educational Standards in Teaching (QuEST) has come up with a new survey for teachers on the evaluation systems currently in effect in their districts and possible alternatives. Many members already have responded to the survey, initially announced in the Hotline and posted online in mid-December. Please join them in helping to guide our efforts to...

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Teachers, It’s Your Turn: Take Our Online Survey Evaluating Teacher Evaluation

There’s much ado about teacher effectiveness and teacher evaluation in the media these days, with a story line driven by self-anointed educational “reformers” who think they already have all the answers about how to address both. Texas AFT has been working for improvements in teacher development and appraisal since long before this topic came into media vogue, and we expect...

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