Statement from Spring Branch (Texas) HFT and Texas AFT on Spring Branch ISD's Hybrid Plan for Reopening Schools


HOUSTON-Statement from Craig Adams, president of the Spring Branch HFT, and Zeph Capo, president of Texas AFT, on Spring Branch Independent School Distr ict1 s decision to have parents choose between their children 1s participation in either in-person learning or distance learning starting in August (Spring Branch is a suburb of Houston):


Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”

Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

‘Back to school’ like never before

In her September New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten says that going back to school has never looked like it does now. Weingarten explains that because of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has been chaotic, contradictory and inept, and the lack of federal guidance and funding, we’re seeing a patchwork of school reopening plans across the country.

At TRS town hall, teacher union calls for catch-up increases in state health-care funding for school employees and retirees


At TRS town hall, teacher union calls for catch-up increases in state health-care funding for school employees and retirees

The Texas Teacher Retirement System Board of Trustees is holding a Town Hall meeting today to gather input and answer questions on TRS health-care plans, and Texas AFT plans to address the board with testimony about the need for the state to step up and adequately fund health care for public school employees.