Stand with Chicago teachers!

The American Federation of Teachers is organizing a thunderclap to support the Chicago Teachers Union. About 3,500 CTU members have been targeted for layoff at the same time Mayor Rahm Emanuel has engaged in a $1.6 million contract with Teach for America. Visit go.aft.org/chicago and help send a strong message that students and teachers deserve [...]

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AFT will put $$ into your solutions

The American Federation of Teachers has been touting solution-driven unionism for a year. AFT President Randi Weingarten has said focusing “on solving problems, not on winning arguments,” is the way unions must respond to years of cuts to public education and attacks on collective bargaining rights.” Now the AFT is willing to put $25,000 behind [...]

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It’s time for the anti-bully pulpit

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“The Bully Effect,” a half-hour CNN documentary,  aired  Sunday night (May 5) on Cartoon Network, which helped produce the show as well. The cast of Level Up, who usually take on digital monsters, have their radar on real-life  bullies this time. Anti-bullying has now gone prime time. But even if you missed the program Sunday [...]

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Randi lends powerful voice on testing fairness

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AFT President Randi Weingarten today joined the chorus of education leaders who have been pressing New York state to make the new Common Core standards and assessments work before making them count. In an address to the Association for a Better New York, Weingarten called for a moratorium on attaching high-stakes decisions for students and [...]

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AFT, NEA join forces in ad campaign

NYSUT’s two national affiliates — the AFT and NEA — have teamed with other national unions to sponsor a television ad aimed at the legacies of members of Congress who have disappointed working people. The message, dubbed “Remembered,” began running this week and targets Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Rep. Gary Miller and Jeff Denham [...]

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Fight Back Friday: Going undercover

Usually this weekly post urges you to do something. This week, we’re urging you to read and watch and learn. Of course, if you still have the hankering to physically do something, please help out the Educate NY Now! coalition in its efforts to restore cuts to education. You can also voice your concerns about the [...]

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Don’t Back Down

This Friday a movie opens nationwide about parents seeking to transform their school in Pittsburgh. It’s called “Won’t Back Down.” It negatively depicts teachers and their unions and is being used to push parent-trigger legislation. Here’s a link to one bit of coverage on the New York City premiere. Here’s a parent’s take on the [...]

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Everyday heroes

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Congratulations to Martin Messner, president of the Schoharie Teachers Association, and Joe Satriano, a retiree of the Roslyn Teachers Association, for being recognized as 2012 Everyday Heroes by the American Federation of Teachers. Heroes is such an iconic word that brings to mind those who save lives. Joe Satriano used his sadness to signal others [...]

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VIDEO: AFT highlights the state of the union

This video, which kicked off the AFT convention in Detroit this morning, highlights the past two years of AFT championing democracy, economic opportunity and high quality public services for students, families and communities.

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Best in all the land

Congratulations to Martin Messner, president of the Schoharie Teachers Association, and Joe Satriano, a retiree of the Roslyn Teachers Association, for being named 2012 Everyday Heroes by the American Federation of Teachers. By clicking on that link you can read their stories, and also the stories of four others who won from locals across America. [...]

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