Texas AFT reaches lawsuit settlement with TEA Commissioner Mike Morath on teacher evaluation requirements

Now, as part of a negotiated settlement to the Texas AFT lawsuit, the commissioner has agreed to strike from state rules any reference to specific measures of student performance, including so-called “value-added data based on student state assessment results.”

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 […]

It’s Recess Time for the U.S. Congress: A Perfect Time to Speak Up on Issues Important to You

AFT President Randi Weingarten sent out a reminder today to take advantage of a recess of the U.S. Congress to pressure your rep in Congress and our two state Senators about the priorities of educators and working families: This week, members of Congress will be in their home districts. It’s up to us to make […]

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 […]

Urge U.S. Senators to Vote No on Unqualified Nominee for Education Post

In her hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on January 17, Betsy DeVos proved just how unqualified she is to serve as secretary of education. In response, millions of Americans contacted their senators urging them to vote “no” on her confirmation. We have to keep up the pressure. At the […]

Worse Than You Could Imagine—the Trump Nominee for Secretary of Education

We already knew that Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, would be a problem for America’s schoolchildren. She has used her vast wealth to drive for privatization of K-12 education and has fought efforts to hold private operators accountable for the quality of their publicly funded educational services in her home state […]

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 […]

Repetition Compulsion? Federal Educator-Prep Rules Reflect Testing Obsession

Federal bureaucrats fighting a rear-guard action in defense of their discredited obsession with standardized testing may be exhibiting the symptoms of what Sigmund Freud called a “repetition compulsion”—a  compulsion to put oneself in situations where a past trauma is likely to repeat itself. Judging educators by the standardized test results of their students is a […]

The Fight against Testing Inertia on the Federal Level—Sign AFT’s Petition!

Your voice was critical in the repeal of No Child Left Behind testing mandates and the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and your voice needs to be heard again as federal ESSA rules on accountability systems—that is, the rules around what counts in determining which schools are identified for supports—become final. Sign our […]