As of September 8, two longtime union activists and education reformers have assumed new roles in AFT’s leadership. Lorretta Johnson, who has been AFT’s executive vice president since 2008 and a leader of paraprofessionals and school-related personnel for decades, is the new AFT secretary-treasurer. Francine Lawrence, who recently retired after 14 years as president of the Toledo Federation of Teachers in Ohio, will succeed Johnson as AFT executive vice president. Lawrence helped develop Toledo’s pioneering Peer Assistance and Review program (in which teachers are coached and evaluated by their peers) as well as an alternative compensation system. Together with President Randi Weingarten they give AFT a strong lineup of proven, effective leaders looking out for the students and those who serve them in our public schools.