National Day of Action Draws Thousands of AFT Members to Support Public Education

(For more news and photos, see: Tens of thousands of parents, teachers, students and community members took action in more than 200 cities and towns across the country Jan. 19 as part of the #ReclaimOurSchools National Day of Action. The AFT is a partner in the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, which spearheaded the events. […]

AFT Scholarships Available

The AFT Porter Scholars Program is now accepting applications for 2017. The program offers two great opportunities for AFT members and their dependents. There is a one-time grant being awarded to ten members in the amount of $1,000 each; also available are four $8,000 scholarships for high school seniors who are dependents of active members […]

Share My Lesson Reaches Million-User Milestone

AFT reports that  earlier this month Share My Lesson—the only 100-percent free, online hub for educators and parents to share and find lesson plans, professional development and resources for instruction—has reached one million registered users nationwide, making it the most successful open education resource site for educators, by educators. Share My Lesson, created and powered by AFT, […]

AFT Rises to the Defense of NAACP Call for a Moratorium on Charter Expansion

The NAACP’s call for a moratorium on charter expansion (see October 18 Hotline) has triggered counterattacks by self-anointed education reformers, including some in the highest echelons of the U.S. Department of Education and on the editorial pages of some major news outlets. But the NAACP, one of the nation’s foremost civil-rights organizations,  struck a chord […]

Walk-Ins for Public Education Draw 100,000 People in More Than 200 Cities

In Texas and across the United States, 100,000 people in more than 200 cities took part in the latest—and by far the largest to date—wave of “walk-ins” to promote educational opportunity so that every child can attend a high-quality public school or university. At most events, occurring on or near October 6, supporters gathered outside […]

Texas AFT Wins National Support for Community School Efforts

The American Federation of Teachers today announced grants to fund community school initiatives in Texas and two other states to address children’s well-being and provide multiple pathways and diverse options to help them and their families succeed. The AFT Innovation Fund grants—$135,000 for each initiative—will kick-start community school efforts in Texas; Daly City, California; and […]

Worth Quoting: Darling-Hammond on Accountability Testing, Democratic Platform on Charter Schools

From the AFT national convention in Minneapolis on Monday, AFT national media staffers report a clarion call for action on accountability reform.  “Test and punish is not what accountability should be, and we need to reinvent it,” leading education researcher and advocate Linda Darling-Hammond told AFT teachers at their divisional meeting Monday. The effort must […]

AFT National Convention Finds Members Ready for Action

Delegates to thenational AFT convention in Minneapolis this week, including a large Texas contingent, are fired up about achieving the union’s agenda outlined by AFT President Randi Weingarten this morning—an agenda of economic dignity, educational opportunity, workers’ voice, and civil rights. Look for further Hotline coverage this week as delegates at the convention work on […]

Multi-Factor University of Texas Admission Policy Upheld; Court Deadlocks in Immigration Case

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, today welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s four-to-three decision upholding the admissions policy of the University of Texas against a constitutional challenge. Weingarten said: “The AFT, as the nation’s largest union of faculty and a longtime champion of racial equity, joins with our allies in celebrating the […]

History Lesson: AFT’s 100th Anniversary

Last month the American Federation of Teachers reached a significant milestone: the centennial of our founding. The occasion moved AFT President Randi Weingarten to reflect on what AFT has been about all these years. Here are her reflections, from a recent “What Matters Most” column she contributed to the New York Times: As I’ve pored […]