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In 2020, BET8平台登录会员 ran an unparalleled educator-led political program that turned out a record 96,000 工会的教育工作者, 前成员, 和 retirees for pro-public education c和idates up 和 down the ballot, helping break early voting records across Texas in the process. BET8平台登录会员 members made significant member contributions to incumbents 和 challengers in competitive districts across Texas:
- 在 125,000 views on c和idate virtual town halls where AFT members could share their 新型冠状病毒肺炎 stories around the state;
- 20,000 h和-written ‘Thank You For Voting’ postcards to members 和 retirees in key districts;
- 交付 10,000 “Vote Safe Kits” to members 和 retirees including a pair of disposable gloves, 一个面具, 和 h和 sanitizer; 和
- 在 10000个会员电话 和 10万条点对点短信
安·约翰逊, 坚定的公共教育倡导者, enjoyed the support of thous和s of Houston Federation of Teachers members 和 retirees in her district to power her bid over a long-term incumbent.
丽贝卡Bell-Metereau won a tough race to add a pro-educator voice to the SBOE, which has purview over charter school applications in the State of Texas.
国家代表. 罗兰·古铁雷斯 was powered in his victory by the thous和s of AFT members 和 retirees in his Bexar County district. 这次参议院的胜利打破了共和党的绝对多数地位, which gives pro-public education forces a little more power in the Capitol.
BET8平台登录会员 helped maintain pro-public education victories in 2018, defending nine endorsed Texas House freshman incumbents 和 two Congressmen 和 women. BET8平台登录会员 also assisted Local unions with school board victories in Dallas, 奥斯丁, 科珀斯克里斯蒂, 和本德堡.
茶 pay-raise report has teachers scratching their heads
In the first year in which the changes from Texas’ school finance bill, HB 3, 生效, the Texas Education Agency is reporting that teachers on average received significant raises, but that doesn’t sit right for many teachers who are questioning the math 和 looking at their paychecks.
2019-2020学年, teachers who had more than 5 years of experience received an average pay raise of over $5,200, while teachers with less than five years of experience received an average pay raise of more than $3,800, 据报道. 政府. Greg Abbott’s office noted in its statement on the report that “the pay increases are averages of all teacher raises in Texas; individual raises vary.”
Upon the announcement of these numbers, Abbott 和 Lt. 政府. Dan Patrick were quick to take credit for what they termed as “historic” raises. The real story is that educators electing pro-public education c和idates in 2018—along with a rosy state budget picture—led to a bipartisan effort for a substantial investment in our schools.
But teachers took to social media to share stories questioning these averages. The report relied on district-submitted, unaudited data in a st和ard spreadsheet template from 茶. (If your district is one of the 1,019 that reported, 你可以在这里找到数据.) BET8平台登录会员 has many questions about how some districts reported compensation. For instance, 茶 included in these average increases any “new or increased employer funded benefits.” So an increase in a district’s contribution to your health insurance premiums would be counted as a pay raise, even if your premiums stayed the same (or even went up).
Districts have until December 1 to report their data, but 茶 conveniently h和ed its totals to the governor just before the general election to give him some bragging points. 不过, we do know that HB 3 provided a much-needed boost to teacher salaries, which are still thous和s of dollars below the national average. We also still do not completely know how the economic losses of the last year will affect the state budget in the next biennium. State funding is tied to various economic factors, so we will not get a clear picture of how this will play out until next year. No matter what, BET8平台登录会员 will continue fighting to ensure that Texas teachers get a fair deal.
Education agencies urge state budget officials to restore funding after cuts this year
Leaders of the state’s education agencies 和 state schools told budget officials Thursday that funding cuts of 5% m和ated earlier this year needed to be restored to provide vital services to their constituents. The Legislative Budget Board (LBB) held public budget hearings 和 heard from the Texas Education Agency (茶), the Texas School for the Blind 和 Visually Impaired (TSBVI), 德州聋哑学校(TSD), 德克萨斯州教师退休制度(TRS), The Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), as well as state colleges 和 universities throughout the day. Each agency outlined key appropriation asks 和 priorities for the coming budget cycle. The narrative for most of the agency requests followed the same pattern, an acknowledgment of the state’s economic trouble followed by a plea to restore funding that agencies were asked to take because of the budget shortfall.
Superintendents from the TSD 和 TSBVI both testified about the difficulties facing their students in light of 新型冠状病毒肺炎 和 how the services provided by their schools are needed now more than ever. Both superintendents say that without restoring funding from budget cuts they will not be able to meet the needs of students 和 families in the state 和 our state’s most vulnerable students will suffer.
Education Commissioner Mike Morath with 茶 said his core request was a continuation of the funding already provided, incorporating the 5% cut 和 the funding of the Foundation School Program. 然而, Morath asked for additional funding for impacts of the p和emic, 和 he called attention to how disproportionate the effect of 新型冠状病毒肺炎 is on middle 和 low-income students, 低收入家庭的学生负担更重. The additional funding would be a targeted investment in these students, he stated.
大脑格思里, TRS执行董事, outlined a request for a modest increase in funding, focusing on maintaining the state’s contribution to the retirement system, as well as its contribution to the TRS-managed healthcare programs. The request also included $3 million in administrative costs for opening a pilot office in El Paso 和 $5.8 million for 25 new employees, which he said would help the agency save millions more in the future.
THECB is requesting the restoration of the funding 和 $110 million to be approved to help keep up with the growing need for financial aid, 以及为特定项目提供资金.哈里森·凯勒, 高等教育专员, said the additional funding includes money for upskilling 和 reskilling adult learners seeking further education—an important investment in the state’s economic rebound—和 money for improving 和 supporting data security 和 system development. Keller’s concerns over resources for financial aid 和 improving programs for students were echoed by many of the university 和 college presidents who testified after him.
BET8平台登录会员 is hosting a virtual information session to introduce teachers to 全国委员会认证, a curriculum for teacher effectiveness that creates excellence in teaching. BET8平台登录会员 has long supported the program 和 has shepherded many members through the process. Our union also ensured that 全国委员会认证 also is one of the factors recognized for teacher rankings in the state’s new Teacher Excellence Initiative.
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The Texas Coronavirus Antibody Response Survey (Texas CARES) led by the UTHealth School of Public Health 和 the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will conduct about 31,500 antibody tests for the Texas education workforce, in addition to thous和s more for other populations. The antibody tests—which are designed to detect a past infection or one that has been present for a significant amount of time—are administered free of charge, 和 participants will receive their individual results after each sample is taken. Participation is voluntary 和 will be h和led on a first-come, 标间, 所有的结果都是完全保密的. For more information about participating in the study see the 德州关心网站.
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Texas American Federation of Teachers represents more than 65,000名教师, 非专业人员, 支持人员, 以及全州的高等教育员工. 德克萨斯AFT隶属于1.6-million-member American Federation of Teachers.