AFT Listening Tour Makes a Stop in Midland

Devin Sanchez

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The American Federation for Teachers union, has only had a chapter in the Tall City for a few months.

Wednesday night they hoped to have a conversation with city leaders, parents and students, about things that could change at the Midland Independent School District, but the rain put a damper on things.

Still, a few people showed up to the listening tour.

"I'm just here to let teachers know that AFT is here," Brandy Bianchi, Midland ATF Organizer said.

The chapter started in August, and is the only organization of it's kind to have a local presence

"There are a few other organizations here, but we're the only ones that actually have a local office," Bianchi said.

The AFT, has recently been touring the state of Texas, engaging in conversations about the state of each school district.

The most common problem discussed was the importance place on athletics at MISD, and not enough emphasis on Math and Science.

Texas AFT secretary and treasurer, Louis Malfaro said these meetings are important for the community to have.

"We're trying to get the community together to talk about public education. When this is all said and done we will probably have visited about 20 cities, towns, " said Malfaro.

In March, the union plans to go to Austin, for a Lobby Day.

"We'll be having hundreds of teachers and educators go out and stand on Capitol Hill and tell the legislators exactly what we want," Bianchi said.

If you would like to join the Midland chapter of the AFT, you can email Bianchi at