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AFT and other groups release new accountability framework

A broad-based group of organizations has released "A New Social Compact for American Education"—a groundbreaking rethinking of accountability that replaces the current paradigm of "test and punish" with a focus on what is needed to support and improve teaching and learning.

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Turning up the heat to reverse climate change

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.

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The true story of public education in America

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.

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Weingarten takes on critics of due process

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.

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Ohio's Lawrence opens new chapter in education leadership

Francine Lawrence, former president of the Toledo Federation of Teachers, is retiring from her post as AFT executive vice president to chair the board of the Learning First Alliance. Lawrence was saluted during AFT's convention closing session July 14. She was initially elected an AFT national officer in September 2011.

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