Netflix CEO and Walmart Heir influence Texas State House Races

Texas AFT endorses pro-educator candidate Daniel Clayton for HD 100; anti-public school candidate Marquis Hawkins receives about $20,000 from out-of-state Charter School PACs

Dallas, TX - Educators have faced an onslaught of attacks from some state officials—all under enormous strain from low wages, an overwhelming workload, and unsafe conditions in the pandemic. At Alliance/AFT in Dallas we’ve seen the result—as a recent survey indicated that 66% of educators are considering leaving the profession. 

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Time magazine’s ‘Heroes of the Front Lines” features local union food service workers

Alliance-AFT member Yolanda Fisher with makes the cover of Time for her team’s work providing meals to Dallas ISD students.

“I’m still going to work because we’re still feeding the kids—it’s not just kids that attend my school, it’s any child that stayed in Dallas and they need a meal. And if a family is really in need, we give the adults a meal as well. When it first started we would come in from 6:30 in the morning until 5 in the evening, working weekends and stuff, but now it’s leveling off. I’m loving it because I miss [the kids’] faces. You miss hearing their noise. We are feeding our community, and I love that.”  

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.

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‘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.

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Helpful Resources for You

Check out the information and links below to answer questions, meet some of your needs for online learnng, and keep up with what is happening.

The following links come from TEA via Texas AFT:

  • TEA launched a website to use during the crisis

https://texashomelearning.org/

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