Teacher evaluation results from the Pittsburgh Public Schools, where the vast majority of teachers were rated distinguished or advanced, show what is possible when teachers, unions and the district work together on an evaluation system focused on helping teachers improve, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.
AFT President Randi Weingarten says the decision in Vergara v. California is "a sad day for public education."
Millions of borrowers with crushing student loan debt could benefit from an executive order President Barack Obama signed at the White House, with several AFT members in attendance.
Twelve-year teaching veteran Robert Geremia, a social studies teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., who has attained the status of "highly effective teacher," told U.S. senators about how his financial life has been put on hold as a result of the loans he had to take to attend graduate school and better serve his students.
In the cover story of the Summer 2014 issue of American Educator, Susan B. Neuman and Tanya S. Wright examine the research showing that certain practices for teaching vocabulary, such as making connections among words and repeatedly exposing students to content-related words, can accelerate young children's oral vocabulary development, regardless of family income.
A new report from In the Public Interest looks at what happens to communities, and to the quality of life of the workers who provide important public services, when those services are outsourced to for-profit and other private entities.
The AFT has announced its 2014 AFT Everyday Heroes after a nationwide nomination and voting process. Nine extraordinary union members will be honored at the AFT's national convention in Los Angeles this July.
As if student debt levels soaring to more than $1.2 trillion isn't shocking enough, a new report released by the AFT shows that a large portion of the billions Americans spend on higher education each year ends up in the pockets of Wall Street and other financial profiteers.
In cities across the country, AFT members and leaders took part in events on May 17 marking the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that desegregated public schools.
In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education held a promise of racial justice in public schools. But on the 60th anniversary of that ruling, the promise remains unfulfilled.