American Federation of Teachers

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    HFT Survey Says Houston ISD Teachers Will Bolt if Pay is Based on Teacher Evaluations

    Continuing their criticism of the evaluation system used to determine teacher bonuses in the Houston ISD, the Houston branch of the American Federation of Teachers Thursday released survey results that clearly show a high level of front-line educator disgruntlement in the district. On May 1, the H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Teachers Suit Challenges HISD on EVAAS Rating System

    HISD is being taken to court in a case filed this week over how it evaluates teachers. Seven teachers are part of the suit, which says a controversial (at least to teachers and their unions) value-added system of rating their classroom work is unconstitutional. The American Federation of Teachers r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Voucher Bill Hits Legislature, But Don't Call It a Voucher Bill, Even If It Is

    Last week, Democratic Sen. Eddie Lucio apparently reneged on his commitment to file a school voucher bill. Lucio's flip-flop not only killed any pretense of bipartisanship with this controversial measure, but it left Sen. Dan Patrick, head of the Senate Eduction Committee, scrambling to find someone ... More >>

  • News

    February 21, 2013

    Zack Kopplin, The 19-Year-Old Face of the Anti-Creationist Movement

    Having fought his battles in Louisiana, the Rice University student is now ready for Texas and any move to put faux science in the public schools here.

  • News

    November 3, 2011

    Bottom Lines

    It took years for Veronica Bass to figure out she was overpaying her union dues. Getting her money back looks like it may take just as long.

  • Film

    October 7, 2010

    Remedial Ed

    Davis Guggenheim ignores too many inconvenient truths in Waiting for "Superman."

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Divisive or Not, HISD Board Approves New Way to Target Failing Teachers

    ‚ÄčThis is the tale of two teachers. Each of them inherit fifth-graders who test out at the start of the school year, on average, at third grade, fifth month. The kids are from the same neighborhood. They have identical demographics: roughly the same number come from single-parent homes, live in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Local Teachers' Union President Calls "Bullshit" On The HISD Superintendent, The New York Times And The Washington Post

    ‚Äč Caught on her cell phone today, Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, said that many people are distorting what Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a Tuesday eight-page speech about overhauling teacher evaluations.The speech wa ... More >>

  • News

    March 4, 1999

    Adding It All Up

    What does it really mean to pass the TAAS?

  • News

    February 25, 1999

    The Fix Is In

    Are educators cheating on TAAS? Is anyone going to stop them?

  • News

    August 31, 1995

    Gayle Force

    A vigorous advocate for teachers and the bane of HISD administrators, confrontational union boss Gayle Fallon wields a growing power over the direction of Houston's public schools

  • News

    January 19, 1995

    The Curriculum Question

    Businessman John Privett thought he had a solution to the problems of some of Houston's troubled schools. The parents wanted to try it. The teachers wanted to try it. But HISD administrators said no.