Tag Archive: Randi Weingarten

It’s Teacher Appreciation Day: Pledge to support teachers and public schools

Thanks to all our members who are teachers and school employees for all your hard work, perseverance and passion. AFT President Randi Weingarten also had a message for the nation at large on this special day: When it comes to appreciating educators, please heed an old expression: Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk. Educators go into our profession...

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Arizona schools closed today as teachers rallied at the state capitol

Thousands of teachers and their advocates have flooded Phoenix today to demand more funding for their schools. It is the third day of a teacher walkout in Arizona that began last Thursday and closed more than 1,000 schools. The governor has agreed to boost teacher pay by 20 percent, but, as Arizona AFT President Ralph Quintana writes in AFT Voices, there...

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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 convention also included a day...

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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 and on Twitter (#TexasAFTproud).

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Innovation grants help fund Texas community schools efforts

The American Federation of Teachers in September 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 Rome, New York. “We’re...

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