Topic: AFT

AFT Scholarships Available

The AFT Porter Scholars Program is now accepting applications for 2017. The program offers two great opportunities for AFT members and their dependents. There is a one-time grant being awarded to ten members in the amount of $1,000 each; also available are four $8,000 scholarships for high school seniors who are dependents of active members in good standing. To access...

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Walk-Ins for Public Education Draw 100,000 People in More Than 200 Cities

In Texas and across the United States, 100,000 people in more than 200 cities took part in the latest—and by far the largest to date—wave of "walk-ins" to promote educational opportunity so that every child can attend a high-quality public school or university. At most events, occurring on or near October 6, supporters gathered outside their schools in the morning...

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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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