Topic: AFT

Worth Quoting: Darling-Hammond on Accountability Testing, Democratic Platform on Charter Schools

From the AFT national convention in Minneapolis on Monday, AFT national media staffers report a clarion call for action on accountability reform.  “Test and punish is not what accountability should be, and we need to reinvent it,” leading education researcher and advocate Linda Darling-Hammond told AFT teachers at their divisional meeting Monday. The effort must begin now, Dr. Darling-Hammond urged,...

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AFT National Convention Finds Members Ready for Action

Delegates to thenational AFT convention in Minneapolis this week, including a large Texas contingent, are fired up about achieving the union’s agenda outlined by AFT President Randi Weingarten this morning—an agenda of economic dignity, educational opportunity, workers’ voice, and civil rights. Look for further Hotline coverage this week as delegates at the convention work on the strategies to make this...

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Multi-Factor University of Texas Admission Policy Upheld; Court Deadlocks in Immigration Case

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, today welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s four-to-three decision upholding the admissions policy of the University of Texas against a constitutional challenge. Weingarten said: “The AFT, as the nation’s largest union of faculty and a longtime champion of racial equity, joins with our allies in celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision to affirm...

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History Lesson: AFT’s 100th Anniversary

Last month the American Federation of Teachers reached a significant milestone: the centennial of our founding. The occasion moved AFT President Randi Weingarten to reflect on what AFT has been about all these years. Here are her reflections, from a recent “What Matters Most” column she contributed to the New York Times: As I've pored over historical documents from our...

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Celebrating AFT’s 100th Birthday

Members of Congress introduced a resolution Tuesday in celebration of the 100 th birthday of the American Federation of Teachers. Representative Steny Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland, spoke for many of his colleagues in an accompanying statement: For a century, the American Federation of Teachers has been working to support the hardworking men and women who have dedicated their careers to...

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The Case of United States v. Texas

The Case of United States v. Texas Since 2001, Texas law has authorized in-state tuition eligibility for college students who were brought to Texas as children without immigration authorization. The 2001 legislation was signed by then-Gov. Rick Perry with bipartisan support, because it made sense to lawmakers to recognize that these students have put down deep roots in Texas and...

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Nominate an Everyday Hero—Deadline March 11

Countless AFT members go beyond their regular responsibilities and make a difference every day in their workplace or the community. AFT wants to hear about these everyday heroes and give them the recognition they deserve. This could be a co-worker who has made a difference in his or her workplace; a member who has had a profound and positive impact...

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NCLB Is No More—Major Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act

A bipartisan rejection of the deeply flawed No Child Left Behind Act was celebrated at the White House on Thursday, as President Obama wasted no time in signing the successor to NCLB just a day after final passage by Congress. The new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will be known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, or...

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