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Texas AFT Press Briefing - Shared screen with speaker view
Suzanne Gamboa Gamboa
28:18
Same here for recording — Suzanne Gamboa
Jacob Helker
28:48
Here as well. Thank you!
NOHELY MENDOZA
29:17
I'd also like permission to record please!
NOHELY MENDOZA
31:09
I'm still getting the same message
Wayne Carter
31:16
I don't have permission
Jacob Helker
31:23
Neither do I.
NOHELY MENDOZA
32:48
I still can't record
Amanda Guillen
32:55
I still can't record.
Rob D'Amico
33:01
I will send recording link after meeting as well.
David Elizondo
57:25
Thanks Zeph!
Nick Natario
58:40
It says host must unmute me
Crystal Martinez
59:51
Are teachers looking to go back to virtual learning or what would make teachers feel safer at schools ? How is learning loss affecting teachers trying to catch students up
Wayne Carter
01:09:06
My mic was forced into mute and I couldn't ask a followup question like the others. But I don't understand what our take away is from these stats. In November we see one thing, in January we see the opposite. I understand that people's opinions shift. But what is your takeaway from members telling you opposite things, weeks apart. How is that information useful?
Cristina Carreon
01:20:20
Hi there, I wasn't able to unmute to ask a follow up question as well. My Qs:What is the average teacher pay in Texas? Also, you mentioned Texas might follow New Mexico's example of raising teacher pay, is there specific legislation or efforts you were referring to?
Nicole Hill (she/her)
01:20:26
Crystal, we asked them that on the survey too. Here’s a release with those results from late January: https://www.texasaft.org/releases/survey-shows-texas-educators-do-not-feel-safe-at-schools-overwhelmingly-support-mask-mandates-and-rapid-testing-for-covid-19/
Antonio Guillen
01:21:30
I have a qy]uestion
Kimberly Reeves
01:22:12
Why isn’t this a fight you take to the individual school districts? Don’t they all have COVID money?
David Elizondo
01:22:50
One last question. Related to book issue. When it comes to the "safety" concerns mentioned in poll you referenced, do you have any info on how much of the concern is about parents and others making threats against educators about what is being taught verses covid related or other issues like kids with guns in school, etc.
Susan Polouski
01:27:19
For 20-21, the average teacher salary in Texas was $57,641. The US average teach salary for 2020-2021 was 65,090.
Cristina Carreon
01:27:34
Thanks, Susan!
Susan Polouski
01:27:50
You're very welcome!
David Elizondo
01:29:12
OK, one more - In light of Antonio's question just now. Does the Texas American Federation of Teachers think Governor Abbott should ask national guard to help keep classrooms open by subbing like they are in New Mexico.
Kimberly Reeves
01:30:32
Susan, Do you have a median on salaries?
Susan Polouski
01:33:44
We have the average teacher salary for 20-21 at this point. We are still researching the latest data. More to come!
David Elizondo
01:35:05
Thank you so much for your answers and help Zeph and Nicole!