Category Archives: PSRPs

AFT Seeks Data on Emergency Administration of Medications in Schools

A recent state court ruling in California made it legal there for “trained school support staff” to administer insulin to students without the supervision of a nurse. Texas law since 2005 has authorized non-medical school personnel to serve as “unlicensed … Continue reading

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Bill Affirming Discipline Authority of School Bus Drivers Wins Final Passage

The Texas House gave final approval today to SB 1541 by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio), a bill to bolster the authority of school bus drivers to maintain safety and order on board by removing disruptive students. The … Continue reading

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Pre-Filed Bills on Counselors, Tests, School Breakfasts

Rep. Eddie Lucio III, Democrat of San Benito, has pre-filed some noteworthy legislation concerning the role of counselors. His HB 280 would restrict to no more than 10 percent the amount of a counselor’s time that could be spent on … Continue reading

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Take Action to Support Funding for the Educational Tuition Exemption Program

Send your online letter now! By granting tuition exemptions to qualified applicants, the Educational Aide Exemption program has paved the way for many dedicated and talented teacher assistants to attend college and become teachers ready to serve long and productive … Continue reading

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Texas AFT Backs Funding for Community Colleges, Financial Aid for Aspiring Teachers

In testimony on September 24 before the budget-writing staff of the legislature and the governor, Texas AFT legislative counsel Patty Quinzi urged a renewed commitment by the state to funding for community colleges and for financial aid to aspiring teachers, … Continue reading

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Restoring Scholarships for Educational Aides to Earn Teaching Degrees is a Top Texas AFT Priority

Texas AFT legislative counsel Patty Quinzi urged the Texas Senate Higher Education Committee today to help restore funding for one of the state’s most effective programs of teacher recruitment and retention—the tuition exemption for educational aides that since 1997 has … Continue reading

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AFT’s Answer to Attacks on Public Education, Public Services: “Solution-Driven Unionism”

AFT President Randi Weingarten kicked off the American Federation of Teachers national convention in Detroit on Friday with a call for “solution-driven unionism” that answers ongoing attacks on public education and public-sector workers with problem-solving policy initiatives of our own. … Continue reading

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Texas AFT Local in San Antonio Scores Win for Staff and Students

When custodians in San Antonio ISD faced layoffs and cuts in their hours for the 2010-11 school year as the result of budget cuts, there was a snowball effect. First, the custodians who were fortunate enough to keep their jobs … Continue reading

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Fair Work for Fair Pay: Aldine AFT Wins Advocacy Award

Congratulations to Aldine AFT for winning the national AFT Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) Union Workplace Advocacy Award. Our affiliate for Aldine ISD in the Houston area was presented the honor at the AFT PSRP Conference in Washington, D.C., on … Continue reading

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Houston ISD Bus Drivers Demand Action for Discipline, Safety

Discipline and safety problems on school buses are receiving new attention from the Houston ISD school administration, thanks to an effort to publicize those problems today by members of the Houston Educational Support Personnel Union (one of two Texas AFT … Continue reading

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