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TRS board hears status on 13th check, fund performance, new agency office

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Read the latest TRS News (Retiree Edition) This week the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Trustees convened for its quarterly meeting to discuss the status of the 13th check for retired teachers, the agency’s transition to a new office, the opening of the first TRS regional office in El Paso, and the financial health of the TRS...

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DOJ sues Texas over new gerrymandered district lines

On Monday, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Texas over the state's recently redrawn congressional district maps pushed by GOP leadership and passed roughly on party-line votes. The key argument behind President Biden’s DOJ lawsuit is that Texas has violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights...

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Senate Ed Committee Chair Larry Taylor is bowing out

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Sen. Larry Taylor Longtime Senate Education Committee Chair Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) announced this week that he will not be running for reelection. Taylor, who took the District 11 seat in 2012 after serving five terms in the House, has been a key legislator shepherding unsuccessful attempts to create private-school voucher...

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Proposal aims to reduce scrutiny of school-district tax breaks for companies

Red bar graph showing tax abatements going from 2.4 billion in 2012 to $10.8 billion in 2020

Houston Chronicle graphic Every Texan, a nonprofit policy research organization, has uncovered a proposal that would drastically reduce the ability to assess the financial impacts of companies that get large school-district tax breaks.  The tax breaks—formally called Chapter 313 school property tax abatements—are intended to spur employers to provide economic...

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New appointments made to Sunset Advisory Commission

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On November 22, House Speaker Dade Phelan unveiled his appointments to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission following Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s announcement of his appointments on September 21. The appointment of State Rep. Keith Bell (R-Forney) is of note. As a veteran member of the House Public Education Committee, Rep....

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What We’re Grateful For This Year

Illustrated hand raising a flag with text that says, "13th check for retired educators."

2021 has been a profoundly difficult year, on every front. But there have been bright spots. From the start of November through Thanksgiving, we have highlighted on social media some of the incredible work of our members and our union that we're grateful for this year. Here are the wins...

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Local union member testifies at nation’s Capitol on special education funding

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Melina Espiritu-Azocar Northside AFT’s Melina Espiritu-Azocar traveled to Washington DC on Tuesday to testify on how historic underfunding of the the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has impacted students with disabilities. Espiritu-Azocar joined several other organizations to promote “Fulfill the Promise,” an initiative to fully fund IDEA and ensure...

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