Category Archives: Salary

Enforcing the Right to Equal Pay for Equal Work: Which Side Are You On, Attorney General Abbott?

Attorney General Greg Abbott gave a lengthy non-answer in a weekend interview when asked if, as governor, he would veto a Texas Equal Pay Act enforcing the right of Texas women to equal pay for equal work. Texas AFT President … Continue reading

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Something Ugly This Way Comes—Proposed “Home Rule” Takeover of Dallas ISD

While we await the results of Tuesday’s primary elections (which we will cover in upcoming Hotlines), we have troubling news to report out of Dallas. For today, we will let this March 3 press statement from Rena Honea, president of … Continue reading

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Who Said Texas Teachers Get a “Very Fair Salary”?

When some out-of-touch mega-millionaire says Texas teachers “get a very fair salary,” one is tempted just to chalk it up to ignorance. But when the comment comes from the mega-millionaire who happens to be the current lieutenant governor of Texas, … Continue reading

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Good Ideas for Teacher Recruitment and Retention from Wendy Davis, Candidate for Governor

Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth had some good ideas to offer today on teacher recruitment and retention at a roundtable discussion in Arlington. Among the participants in that discussion was Rena Honea, president of our Alliance AFT affiliate in … Continue reading

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Private Panel Misses the Mark on Teacher Evaluations, Salaries

The private Educate Texas organization, with funding from assorted private foundations seeking changes in education policy, set up a “teaching commission” last year to work on recommendations for change in teacher recruitment, evaluation, compensation, and retention. The recommendations came out … Continue reading

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Senate Education Panel Weighs Effects of Legislation Downgrading Due-Process Protection, Implementing New STAAR Testing Regime

It was not easy to get a word in edgewise at the October 30 hearing of the Senate Education Committee, partly because it covered so much ground in barely a couple of hours, including:  SB 8, the bill that downgraded … Continue reading

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Wide-Ranging Senate Hearings on October 30 Cover Student Discipline, Damaging Changes in Due Process and Salary Safeguards for Educators, Test-Driven Accountability, and More

A wide array of education issues will come up for a hearing before the Senate Criminal Justice and Senate Education Committees on Tuesday, October 30. Texas AFT will be on hand to testify. The day will start with a joint … Continue reading

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Texas AFT, Allies Call for Use of New Flood of State Revenue to Restore Education Funding; New Poll Shows Strong Public Support for School Funding

At a capitol press event today, a coalition of pro-public-school advocates joined state Rep. Mike Villarreal, Democrat of San Antonio, in a call to restore state funding for public education that was cut by $5.4 billion last session. Spearheaded by … Continue reading

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Texas AFT’s McAllen Local Wins Case for Higher Pay

On July 2 Commissioner of Education Robert Scott ruled in favor of the McAllen Federation of Teachers in an important decision requiring educators to be paid local step increases for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years. The commissioner relied on … Continue reading

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Local AFT Union Blasts Bullying and Intimidation in Dallas ISD; Teacher Who Spoke Out Against District Policy Gains Reinstatement

Last week Dallas teacher Joseph Drake was removed from his fourth-grade classroom in the middle of the school day and placed on administrative leave, apparently for having the audacity to complain in an e-mail directed to a board member about … Continue reading

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