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American Federation of Teachers
July 11, 2019
AFT’s Weingarten: We survived our battle with ‘billionaires and ideologues’
The speech reflected the union’s confidence, which has been buoyed by widespread support for teacher strikes and walkouts over the past year.
the financial crisis
March 6, 2019
Getting results: School spending is up in four states that saw teacher protests in 2018
In four states where teachers walked out of their classrooms last year, education spending is up, helping to make up for deep cuts in the wake of the Great Recession.
teachers of tomorrow
February 26, 2019
In search of diverse educators, Newark will prepare students to become district teachers
Newark Public Schools is launching a new teacher-training program for students amid a statewide campaign to diversify the teaching force.
boom and backlash
December 19, 2018
Could the forces that fought the Common Core bring down personalized learning?
Major funders and the federal education department are promoting the idea. Teachers are wary. Parents are perplexed. Criticism is coming from both the political left…
Puerto Rico partnership
March 6, 2018
Top school choice group advising Puerto Rico on controversial efforts to expand charters and vouchers
EdChoice, a group that backs school vouchers, is preparing to help Puerto Rico officials expand school choice, or what critics there have called “privatization.”
January 30, 2018
Cary Kennedy ‘aligns with all of our issues and values,’ teachers union president says in endorsement
Former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy has made increasing teacher pay a key part of her educational platform.
DeVos on offense
January 16, 2018
DeVos criticizes Bush-Obama policies, saying it’s time to overhaul conventional schooling
One era of federal involvement in education is over, Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, in some of her most expansive public remarks since taking over the department last year.
Ending the churn
October 19, 2017
A splintered system and lack of teachers have created instability for Detroit schools. Now, leaders are craving solutions.
Liberal school choice laws, a decentralized school system and a shrinking pool of available teachers have so destabilized the teacher labor force that many school leaders say they’re constantly looking for new educators to hire
Week In Review
October 6, 2017
Week In Review: Count Day pizza, ‘Burger King’ money, and a teachers union spy
The slushies, ice cream, and raffle prizes that schools across the state used this week to lure students to school on Count Day…
back to the future
October 11, 2016
AFT freaked out after Joel Klein was rumored to join Hillary Clinton’s campaign, WikiLeaks email shows
"Joel may have been incredibly good in Bill Clinton's Justice Department, but he has a toxic reputation when it comes to education," Weingarten said.
July 27, 2016
Teachers brave heat to vent anger over ALEC’s influence on Indiana education laws
Most of their complaints focused on the state’s private school tuition voucher program.
Charters & Choice
February 16, 2015
Ritz rallies supporters against efforts to limit her power at Statehouse
Gov. Mike Pence, Republican legislators and his appointed State Board of Education's refusal to respect Ritz's authority as state superintendent — including targeting her in several bills this year aimed at removing her from leading the Indiana State Board of Education — is what prompted the Indiana Coalition for Public Education to plan the rally.
July 3, 2014
NEA president: Current testing system “will crumble”
The president of the National Education Association Wednesday called for a massive reduction in the amount of student testing and predicted accountability systems based on such assessments “will crumble.”
October 23, 2013
For Weingarten, New York's Common Core fight hits home
New York State Superintendent John King and AFT President Randi Weingarten speaking on a panel at an event hosted by Teaching Matters. At center, Teachers College professor Jeffrey Henig, who moderated. Randi Weingarten has been a national union boss for over three years, but her heart remains in the state that groomed her as a labor leader. So when California recently became the latest state to alter its testing policies amid reforms to learning standards and teacher evaluations, Weingarten said her thoughts turned to New York. "I get embarrassed when a state like California is figuring it out more than my beloved Empire State," Weingarten said Wednesday in a speech in midtown Manhattan, where she accepted an education award from the education nonprofit Teaching Matters. Weingarten twice referred to California, which moved a step closer to eliminating high-stakes tests for a year, while making her latest case for why New York should strip high stakes from state tests for teachers and students in order to focus on adopting Common Core learning standards. She also appeared on a panel discussion with Commissioner John King, whose handling of state education policies she has been critical of.
August 22, 2013
AFT reprising March on Washington appearance on 50th anniversary
Here’s the press release we just received: AFT to Highlight the Promise of Public Education at March on Washington EventsWASHINGTON— As it did in 1963, the American Federation of Teachers has joined other leading civil rights, labor and progressive organizations as a co-convener of this year’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and several surrounding events. Thousands of AFT members and leaders from more than a dozen states will gather on Aug. 24 in Washington, D.C., for the march, many of whom were at the original 1963 march. These members—who come from school districts like Chicago and Philadelphia—will highlight “reclaiming the promise of public education” as an important theme for this year’s march.
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