Next Week: Join Texas AFT at the Texas Tribune Festival

Connect the classroom with current events at TribFest, Sept. 21-23 in downtown Austin.

Texas AFT is proud to sponsor this year’s Texas Tribune Festival. As the saying goes, if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. So we think it’s crucial that educators have a strong presence at Texas’ premier politics and policy event. 

If you plan to be in Austin next week, you can find us at several #TribFest23 events:

Sponsored Panel: Live Recording of the “Teaching Texas” Podcast

9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 22

Omni Hotel Downtown

This recording of the “Teaching Texas” podcast will focus on a discussion about what the state’s new textbook approval process means for schools, teachers, students and parents. Participating in that conversation are Rep. Gina Hinojosa and Keven Ellis, chair of the State Board of Education. 

Sponsored Panel: One on One with Dolores Huerta 

1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22

St. David’s Episcopal Church

The iconic labor and civil rights leader will share her experiences in a life of activism. After the conversation, Huerta will sign copies of the book, 50 Years of Ms.: The Best of the Pathfinding Magazine that Ignited a Revolution.  

Open Congress: Let’s Talk About a TRS Retiree COLA

All day Saturday, Sept. 23

Texas AFT will be out on Congress Avenue for the Open Congress street festival, which is free and open to the public. Get all the information you need about Prop 9, the ballot measure that will give retired educators their first cost-of-living raise in two decades.

Discounted Tickets Available for Educators, Students

At the Texas Tribune Festival, students and educators can hear from and interact with national and state lawmakers and thought leaders as they talk through the problems we’re facing today and the opportunities on the horizon for Texas and the nation. That includes school funding, teacher pay, vouchers, and curriculum standards. 

It’s not too late to buy your ticket to next week’s event. The Texas Tribune offers discounted tickets to educators ($75) and students ($50) in K-12 and higher education. Buy yours online.