Educators, retirees and parents meet with legislators to talk about making our communities stronger by supporting our public schoolsMore
Sequestration used to refer to locking away valuable property for safekeeping while a dispute over ownership was resolved. But Congress has commandeered the term and applied it to the federal budget. We’re hearing more about sequestration now because of the threatened $1.2 trillion sequester—automatic cuts that will take place over a 10-year period—brought about by the failure of the so-called supercommittee (the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction) to achieve the savings required by last year’s debt ceiling law.
Tax issues just one phase of fiscal crisis
The Ohio Federation of Teachers applauds Congress for preventing large tax increases on the vast majority of Americans and postponing damaging funding cuts to critical programs such as human services and education.
A new report makes clear that America's teachers—both union and nonunion—recognize the importance of unions in strengthening the teaching profession and our public schools. Many findings are consistent with what AFT members have been saying for years, that what teachers want most and get least are the tools, time and trust to be better teachers and help their students learn and grow. Read more ...
The AFT has launched the second phase of its campaign against excessive testing, Learning Is More Than a Test Score, which will include a policy agenda that takes into account what we learn from teachers, parents and others.
"Raising the Bar—Aligning and Elevating Teacher Preparation and the Teaching Profession," issued by the AFT Teacher Preparation Task Force, urges a move toward a systemic approach to preparing teachers and a more rigorous threshold to ensure that every teacher is ready to teach. The report says that all future teachers should be required to meet a universal and rigorous bar that gauges mastery of subject-matter knowledge, much like the bar exam lawyers must take before they can enter the legal profession.
This annual report shows that the recession continues to have a significant impact on state employees, whose wages are not keeping up with the rate of inflation. Average earnings have increased just 0.2 percent from last year. The report also reflects the continuing discrepancies between private and public salaries, with salaries substantially higher in the private sector. In addition, findings continue to show that jobs covered by a collective bargaining agreement have wages that are 35 percent higher than those not covered. This is the 13th year that AFT Public Employees has released its report comparing the salaries of state employees across the country. Download the survey.