More than 1,000 teachers in Waukegan, Ill., who have been on strike since Oct. 2, are continuing to demand that the board of education return to the bargaining table and work with the union on a fair contract.
The sense of doom that motivated an estimated 310,000 people to converge on the Upper West Side of New York City for the People's Climate March did not dampen their hope and optimism for a vision of a green future.
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten challenges the misguided narrative that teachers are somehow responsible for preventing our nation's neediest students from succeeding. The truth, she writes, is that educators in classrooms across the country are engaging students from all demographics and geographies and promoting a love of learning.
The AFT is challenging the assumptions of a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on school support staff, which suggests that the increase in the number of these employees is "adding more hands, but not necessarily more value."
AFT President Randi Weingarten appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" television show to make the case for teachers' due process rights, to correct widely held misconceptions about the teaching workforce, and to clarify that problems tied to evaluation are often mislabeled as due process issues.
Watch AFT President Randi Weingarten and others discuss the latest progress and projects of Reconnecting McDowell.
Several proposed policies from the WV Board of Education are on public comment, including 5310 -Educator Evaluations. AFT-WV President Christine Campbell addressed the WV Board of Education in May, asking for more time for the Teacher Evalaution Task Force to complete their work and implement the system. Despite this, the BOE voted to put the policy on public comment until June 16.
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AFT convention delegates passed a resolution reaffirming the union's support for the promise and potential of the Common Core State Standards as a way to ensure all children have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st century while sharply criticizing the standards' botched implementation.
AFT convention delegates unanimously passed a special order of business—recommended by the executive council—to fight back against attacks on unions and teachers like Vergara v. California and Harris v. Quinn, and to fight forward to reclaim the promise of America.