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AFT National President to visit WV

AFT National President Randi Weingarten will speak during the WV AFL-CIO Convention, scheduled Oct. 23-24 in Charleston. More details will be provided as speaking times, travel arrangements, etc. are finalized. Any AFT-WV member interested in attending the AFL-CIO convention should call the office at 1-800-222-9838 for more information.

September Update: WV Board of Education Meeting

Below is a synopsis of all agenda items and any action taken by the WV Board of Education during their regular monthly meeting, held September 11 -12, 2013 at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Romney, West Virginia.

All referenced attachments may be viewed by clicking here.

I. Call to Order- Gayle C. Manchin, President

II. Welcome - West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Highlights-  Lynn Boyer, Superintendent


III. Recognition(s)

Know Your Rights: Planning Periods

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.

Back-to-School Time in McDowell County, W.Va., Means Laptops, Community Schools, Expo

Back-to-School Time in McDowell County, W.Va., Means
Laptops, Community Schools, Expo

Every McDowell County middle-school student will receive a free laptop this fall, courtesy of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Connect2Compete, and the Reconnecting McDowell partnership.

The laptop distribution announced today is one of several new activities Reconnecting McDowell is unveiling as the 2013-14 school year begins.

Support local workers in the Kanawha Valley

Attention AFT-WV members...we need your help! Contact Pioneer WV Federal Credit Union and tell them to hire WV workers!

Pioneer WV Federal Credit Union has long described itself as a “community-based” credit union, so it’s pretty shocking that they’ve hired workers from Millersburg, Ohio to build a $1 million new branch in Teays Valley, WV.

Everyone knows someone in the Kanawha Valley who is looking for a good paying job. Local construction workers are skilled and drug free. They’re our friends, neighbors and the parents of the students we teach.

More Legislative Roundtable photos!

Want to see more photos from the Legislative Roundtable? Check out AFT-WV's Flickr site, accessible from the Flickr module at the bottom right of the AFT-WV homepage.

AFT Member Wins Milken Award

Congratulations AFT-WV member Whitney Stead from Cabell County, this year's winner of the Milken Award! Watch the video of the suprise announcement during a school assembly on Jan. 24th!

Reconnecting McDowell shows great progress over the last year

Great AFL-CIO article about the first year of Reconnecting McDowell!