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The 2013 AFT-WV convention, held at the Waterfront Hotel, radiated an energy that inspired participants to return to their schools and reclaim public education.
Convention delegates listened to informative presentations, attended top-notch professional workshops and also approved the 2014 Legislative Agenda. Delegates also heard a recap of the past year’s victories and challenges during Christine Campbell’s State of the Union speech.
AFT-West Virginia’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) met on November 15, 2014 in Morgantown, WV and voted to endorse the following candidates for the May 2014 primary election:
• Natalie Tennant for US Senate
• Glen Gainer for US House of Representatives (1st District)
• Congressman Nick Rahall for US House of Representatives (3rd District)
On September 24th, AFT-WV President Christine Campbell spoke before a joint committee of the WV Legislature to share AFT-WV’s suggestions for increased flexibility, authority and capacity for local school systems to improve student learning in West Virginia. Below are excerpts from Campbell’s speech.
During the 2013 legislative session, AFT-WV worked diligently to maintain the provision in SB359 to guarantee teachers a planning period of no less than 40 minutes each day.
Given all the demands on teachers in the current education climate, we support the need for meaningful, uninterrupted planning time. All teachers, especially elementary, undergo an incredible amount of pressure to deliver effective instruction while taking care of the emotional and social needs of our students. This instructional planning time is imperative to ensuring a quality education for all students.