Labor Union

Texas State Teachers Association

Website:

www.tsta.org/

Location:

Austin, TX

Tax ID:

74-1316497

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(5)

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $11,547,134
Expenses: $11,698,913
Assets: $15,109,390

Type:

Teachers’ Union

President:

Ovidia Molina

Executive Director:

Richard Kouri

Budget (2022):

Revenue: $11,266,605
Expenses: $10,865,177
Assets: $14,599,951

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The Texas State Teachers Association is a left-of-center teachers union representing public school educators in Texas. The union is affiliated with the left-of-center National Education Association and is one of two major statewide teachers’ unions in Texas, the other being the Texas AFT affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers.

The union, like other government worker unions in Texas, does not have the ability to collectively bargain at the statewide level. The union does however lobby the Texas Legislature on a variety of education-related and supports other left-of-center legislation while opposing school-choice policies, and other Republican-backed legislation regulating the teaching of critical race theory and other issues. The union has also backed the Black Lives Matter at School campaign. 1 2 3

Background and History

The Texas State Teachers Association was formed in 1880 when the North Texas Teachers Association and the Austin Teachers Association combined. The union continued operation throughout the 1900s, eventually establishing its headquarters in Austin. In 1967 during integration, the TSTA merged with the Teachers State Association of Texas, which represented Black teachers. The union has been active in lobbying since its founding. 4

In 1974, the TSTA voted to affiliate with the National Education Association, with which it has remained affiliated since. 5

Activities

The Texas State Teachers Association operates a staff of approximately 50 employees including multiple lobbyists, organizers, and attorneys who assist teachers with legal issues related to their employment. 6 The union also has specific resources and committees for retired teachers, faculty, and teaching assistants. 7

Advocacy

The Texas State Teachers Association lists a variety of policy priorities on its website including increased school funding at the state level. Other priorities include pay increases and opposition to merit-based pay raises, opposing charter schools and school choice programs, increased pension payments to retirees, an increase in state healthcare subsidies for teachers, and opposition to legislation restricting the teaching of critical race theory and explicit content in school libraries. The union also opposes virtual schooling, saying that it should only be used in “high-performing” school districts. 8

The union also has a page on its website promoting its “racial and social justice” initiative titled TSTA’s Equity, Education and You project. The project uses critical race theory-inspired materials and curricula to teach about racial and social topics with the goal of empowering “educators and their students to become change agents with a mission to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in our schools and in the communities we live.” The program’s work has included taking part in the Black Lives Matter at School campaign. 9

The program uses the Race Class Narrative, a critical race theory-aligned ideology and teaching tool that is used to promote left-of-center policies, described by the union as “an empirically-tested narrative on race and class that neutralizes the use of dog-whistle racism to win on the issues we care about. It has been used across the United States and internationally to win policy and electoral victories.” 10

References

  1. “About Us.” Texas State Teachers Association. Accessed November 22, 2023. https://www.tsta.org/about_tsta/about-us-2/
  2. “Racial and Social Justice.” Texas State Teachers Association. Accessed November 22, 2023.  https://tsta.org/news_center/racial-and-social-justice/
  3. “Know Your Rights, Live Your Rights, PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS!” Texas State Teachers Association. Accessed November 22, 2023. https://www.tsta.org/sites/default/files/Basic%20Rights_0.pdf
  4. “History.” Texas State Teachers Association. Accessed November 22, 2023. https://www.tsta.org/about_tsta/history/
  5. “History.” Texas State Teachers Association. Accessed November 22, 2023. https://www.tsta.org/about_tsta/history/.
  6. “TSTA Staff.” Texas State Teachers Association. Accessed November 22, 2023. https://www.tsta.org/about_tsta/tsta-staff/
  7. “For Members.” Texas State Teachers Association. Accessed November 22, 2023. https://www.tsta.org/for-members/
  8. “Top education issues.” Texas State Teachers Association. Accessed November 22, 2023. https://www.tsta.org/issues_and_action/top-education-issues/
  9. “Racial and Social Justice.” Texas State Teachers Association. Accessed November 22, 2023.  https://tsta.org/news_center/racial-and-social-justice/.
  10. “Racial and Social Justice.” Texas State Teachers Association. Accessed November 22, 2023.  https://tsta.org/news_center/racial-and-social-justice/
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: August - July
  • Tax Exemption Received: January 1, 1964

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2019 Aug Form 990 $11,547,134 $11,698,913 $15,109,390 $9,308,327 N $0 $11,496,010 $76,965 $709,242 PDF
    2018 Aug Form 990 $12,203,390 $12,366,005 $15,489,125 $6,088,416 N $0 $12,131,905 $67,736 $700,884 PDF
    2017 Aug Form 990 $12,366,632 $12,226,607 $15,853,317 $10,419,950 Y $0 $12,297,876 $45,353 $1,821,780 PDF
    2016 Aug Form 990 $23,177,446 $11,493,756 $15,518,889 $14,400,770 Y $0 $11,860,758 $26,603 $1,762,476 PDF
    2015 Aug Form 990 $13,779,282 $13,738,905 $4,878,077 $13,507,572 Y $0 $13,633,675 $27,643 $1,950,633 PDF
    2014 Aug Form 990 $12,739,926 $12,786,758 $6,130,561 $11,735,705 Y $0 $12,634,958 $16,982 $1,589,987 PDF
    2013 Aug Form 990 $12,512,693 $12,550,887 $6,504,276 $12,592,904 Y $0 $12,447,188 $17,080 $1,644,776 PDF
    2012 Aug Form 990 $11,945,161 $12,188,511 $6,226,423 $17,536,133 Y $0 $11,925,731 $18,949 $1,065,680 PDF
    2011 Aug Form 990 $12,246,320 $12,226,671 $7,025,961 $14,653,500 Y $9,154,806 $2,933,069 $63,501 $888,398 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Texas State Teachers Association


    Austin, TX