Texas AFT convention highlights: Randi Weingarten speaks to the value of community schools in a “toxic” state and national environment

Texas AFT held its biennial convention–with the theme of “Public School Proud”–last weekend in El Paso. The convention included the usual business of electing statewide officers and deciding on resolutions to guide the union in the coming years. (Louis Malfaro was re-elected as president by acclamation, and Ray McMurrey was re-elected as secretary treasurer by acclamation.) The […]

Texas AFT Convention Kicks Off Today

Stay tuned for news from our biennial convention, which kicks off today at the El Paso Convention Center. Highlights of the convention include a panel on community schools, a day of professional issues workshops, a keynote speech from AFT President Randi Weingarten, and election of state officers. You can follow all the action on Facebook […]

Watch What They Do, Not Just What They Say

With ill-conceived plans to divert public funds to private schools incubating at both the federal and state levels in the name of “school choice,” AFT President Randi Weingarten recently issued a timely reminder that it is deeds, not words, that ultimately count. Here is how she applied this principle to the words and deeds of […]

You Can Help Block a Bad Choice for U.S. Education Secretary–Act Now

Breaking: Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced that they will vote NO on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos. Your senator could cast the vote to block DeVos. On Wednesday, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced that they will vote NO on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos for secretary of […]

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

(For more news and photos, see: http://www.aft.org/news/thousands-send-message-trump-inauguration-eve) 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. […]

Tell U.S. Senate To Vote No on Anti-Public-Ed Nominee

You can help block a terrible appointee to the U.S. Department of Education. See AFT  President Randi Weingarten’s letter below explaining what is at stake. Late Monday, Senate Republicans delayed confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s nominee for secretary of education. This delay gives us a critical opportunity to increase pressure on the Senate […]

As U.S. Congress Reconvenes, AFT’s Weingarten Assesses Cabinet Picks Senate Will Consider

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s last New York Times column for 2016 featured a look ahead at the Cabinet choices of Donald Trump that the U.S. Senate will soon consider now that a new session of Congress has begun. Trump’s picks leave much to be desired, and that’s putting it mildly. Here’s how Weingarten put it: […]

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, […]

Message to Feds: Commit to Student Success in Public Schools—Add Your Name

We urge you to sign onto a joint letter from the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers demanding that our secretary of education and every elected official respect and uphold the American vision for high-quality public schools for every single student. You’ll find the joint letter drafted by NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia […]

New Report Documents Charter Ills

Last week the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute issued a highly instructive report on charter schools,  entitled “Exploring the Consequences of Charter School Expansion in U.S. Cities.” The EPI research findings, which have a strong bearing on what’s happening with charter expansion in Texas, prompted this response from AFT President Randi Weingarten: The original vision for […]