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.
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.
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.
To restore joy to teaching and learning and create strong community public schools that are safe, collaborative and welcoming places, AFT members passed a resolution taking a bold stand against the obsession with testing and calling for an end to the failed test-and-punish accountability system to one focused on support and improvement.
AFT President Randi Weingarten kicked off the AFT national convention in Los Angeles by outlining a bold plan to both fight back and fight forward to reclaim the promise of America and create economic and educational opportunity for all.
The AFT and Freelancers Union announced a new partnership that will enable contingent faculty across the country to access tailored benefits and connect, share and learn with others in their professions.