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A Decade of Neglect

“A Decade of Neglect: Public Education Funding in the Aftermath of the Great Recession” details for the first time the devastating impact on schools, classrooms and students when states choose to pursue an austerity agenda in the false belief that tax cuts will pay for themselves. The comprehensive report offers a deep dive into the long-term austerity agendas and historic disinvestment that sparked the wave of nationwide walkouts this spring.

After Janus, we’re in it to win it

In a decision that surprised no one, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 ruled against working people and in favor of billionaires and corporate interests in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, holding that requiring fair-share fees in public sector workplaces violates the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Graduate employees make history at Georgetown

For two years, graduate employees at Georgetown University have been organizing, persistently working toward official recognition as the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees. On April 2, the university finally agreed to allow them to vote on whether they want a union and promised that, if they win the vote, they’ll have dispute resolution, collective bargaining and other measures that will give them more of a voice on campus.

Operation Agua continues to provide lifeline to Puerto Ricans

Launched after Hurricane Maria made landfall six months ago, Operation Agua continues to serve as a lifeline for communities still without access to safe drinking water, and it is now more than 75 percent to its goal of bringing 100,000 water filters to Puerto Rico.

Give yourself a #PublicSchoolShoutout

There are great things happening in our neighborhood public school classrooms every day. Use the hashtag #PublicSchoolShoutout to celebrate and lift up stories from our public schools.

Eight OFT-staffed schools earn All A award

Congratulations to eight schools where educators are represented by OFT that received the 2017 All A Award. The eight schools represent five of our  locals. The All A Award is presented by the state board of education recognizing schools that earned straight As on all applicable report card measures. Awards mark the hard work of our members at Cleveland's Clark School, Citizen's Leadership Academy and Glenville High School, Toledo's McTighe Elementary and Whittier Elementary, Cincinnati's Roberts Academy: A Paideia Learning Community, New Lexington Middle School and Triad Middle School.

Survey shows educators are feeling stressed out

A survey of nearly 5,000 educators released Oct. 30 by the AFT and the Badass Teachers Association shows that nearly two-thirds of educators usually feel stressed out, twice the level felt by workers in the general population. Most surveyed feel demoralized and disrespected by state and federal officials, especially Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.