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Texas Voters Turn Out for Public Schools in 2023 Elections

On Tuesday, more than 2 million Texas voters cast a ballot on 14 statewide propositions and in several local elections, a record high in a constitutional amendment election. More than 14% of registered voters in Texas cast a ballot, the highest percentage in an odd-year election since 2005. There were several critical elections for educators on the ballot this November....

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Katy ISD Gender Policy Has Led to Outing 19 Students Since August

A little over two months ago, Katy ISD passed one of the most extreme gender policies we’ve seen in Texas, effectively requiring campus personnel to “out” students. At the time, it raised eyebrows, and now we are beginning to see the ramifications for students and educators.  According to reports from...

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2024 Social Security COLA set at 3.2%

Last month, the Social Security Administration announced that Social Security benefits will increase by 3.2% in 2024. This cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will affect over 71 million Social Security beneficiaries. This COLA is significantly smaller than last year’s Social Security COLA, which was 8.7%. Annual Social Security COLAs are intended to...

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Special Session 4: The Voucher Fight Continues

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Since last week, a tremendous amount has happened in the Legislature — but also very little. In the final days of the third special session, the Texas House and Senate failed to pass border security and voucher legislation.  In a desperate last-minute bid to push the passage of vouchers, Gov....

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Preview: State Board of Education’s November Meeting

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The State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its regular meeting in Austin next week. We will be closely watching several items, with special focus on those related to proposed science textbooks, HB 1605 implementation, and ethnic studies courses.  The SBOE will also hear general updates on the Generation 29...

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Recognizing Shirley Harris: A Trailblazer in Education

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To read more about Shirley Harris' remarkable life, check out our profile from Black History Month 2023. Shirley Harris, a graduate of Southwest Texas State College (now Texas State University) and trailblazer in the field of education and racial equality, will finally receive the recognition she deserves.  On Monday, Nov....

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In Wake of SB 18 Passage, Tenure Debacle Emerges at UT-Tyler

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In what would be the first documented case of tenured faculty in Texas being fired since Senate Bill 18 went into effect, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Tyler was informed she was set to be terminated effective Tuesday, Oct. 31, for allegedly violating university operating procedures.  ...

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Nov. 3, 2023: The Voting Window Is Closing

Friday, November 3, 2023 [VIDEO] Texas AFT Retiree Plus members like Phyllis Ruffin, Rita Runnels, and Lydia Carrillo-Valdez launched their fight for a TRS COLA in 2018. Hear from them on why Prop 9 is a much-needed beginning for retirement justice. They’re counting on you With only a few days...

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With New Congressional Leadership, Voucher Peddlers Take Their Grift to D.C.

Last week, congressional Republicans finally chose a Speaker of the House after weeks of intra-party fights. Since far-right Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) successfully ousted fellow Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Oct. 3, Congress had been at a virtual standstill. Despite their majority, Republicans had been unable to settle on a...

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