Voucher Attacks on Public Education in U.S. Congress and Texas Legislature

A U.S. House committee voted on March 10 to renew the District of Columbia pilot voucher program, benefiting mostly parochial schools—a program with little to show for it educationally that remains the only federally funded voucher scheme in the country. The action by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sets the stage for eventual […]

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 […]

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: […]

Weingarten on Trump’s Pick for Top Education Job

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten minced no words in assessing president-elect Donald Trump’s pre-Thanksgiving selection of a wealthy political donor and voucher advocate from Michigan as his nominee for U.S. secretary of education. Weingarten said: The president-elect, in his selection of Betsy DeVos, has chosen the most ideological, anti-public education nominee put forward […]