Topic: Membership

Online Resources on Children’s Health Help Educators Help Kids

The American Federation of Teachers marked yesterday’s Child Health Day by unveiling a new Web page (www.aft.org/childhealth) that focuses on the vital link between children's health and their academic success. As teacher Ronnie Moshi says on the page, "When my students come to class with health, social or mental issues such as homelessness, hunger, toothaches, they are often not able...

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One Nation Working Together: AFT Stands With Allies in Nation’s Capital

Tens of thousands of AFT members gathered in Washington, D.C., on October 2 to add their voices to the One Nation Working Together march at the Lincoln Memorial. Arriving by bus, car, train, and plane, AFTers came from coast to coast to attend. Here’s an account of the day’s events, based on a recap by AFT’s communications department. With more...

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Alternative Pathways–the “Career” Part of College/Career Readiness

It is axiomatic in most discussions of post-secondary readiness that a bachelor’s degree is the ticket to a prosperous, successful career. But does that make it true for every student in every circumstance? Three articles in the new issue of American Educator, the professional journal of the American Federation of Teachers, make a strong case that it’s time to rethink...

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Recommended Reading–a Texas AFT Leader on Improving Schools as Union Work

The Fall 2010 issue of American Educator, the professional journal of the American Federation of Teachers, includes an extraordinary essay by one of our own, new Texas AFT Secretary-Treasurer Louis Malfaro. His piece, entitled "The Professional Educator: Lessons on Organizing for Power and School Improvement," offers many insights into what union organizing in education–particularly here in Texas–is all about. Read More

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Higher-Ed Academic Workforce Survey

AFT’s national office reports that the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW)–of which AFT is a member–is kicking off a major survey to collect information about the working lives of contingent academics (non-tenure-track, full- and part-time instructors and researchers; graduate employees; and postdoctoral fellows). It is the first national survey of its kind to gather in-depth data on the salaries,...

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Community Colleges Are a Bargain for the State and Deserve Full State Support

At a Legislative Budget Board hearing Tuesday on funding for community colleges, Texas AFT voiced strong support for funding community colleges that recognizes the high value of this critical resource. That means full state funding (less tuition and fees that enable affordable access) of community-college operational costs–including the full amount of health-care premiums for all employees. Fully funding operational costs...

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Not waiting for Superman

Be forewarned: There’s a documentary coming soon to a movie theater near you that portrays public school teachers and their unions as the villains responsible for low student achievement, while painting charter schools and their promoters as the heroes looking out for the best interests of schoolchildren. This film, entitled "Waiting for Superman," does get a couple of things right,...

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Texas AFT Defends Budgets for Children’s Health Care, Higher-Ed Health Benefits

Texas AFT's Ted Melina Raab testified at two more Legislative Budget Board hearings today, this time in defense of children's health care and higher-education health benefits. He noted Texas AFT's longstanding commitment to the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to Medicaid funding for children. "Our day-to-day experience has taught us that sick children, whether they are at home or...

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School-Community Partnerships Spotlighted on Dallas Visit by AFT’s Randi Weingarten

During visits to two Dallas schools by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten yesterday, the theme was school-community teamwork–the need to take shared responsibility for strengthening public schools and ensuring all children get a high-quality education. School, community, and business and labor leaders–including AFT President Randi Weingarten, Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa, and Alliance-AFT President Rena Honea–visited David W....

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State Ruling Backs McAllen AFT on District’s Duty to Pay Salary-Step Increases

Texas AFT's local affiliate in McAllen ISD has won a significant victory in a legal battle to get the district to give teachers their full 2009-2010 pay raise as required by state law. This week an administrative law judge with the Texas Education Agency ruled in McAllen AFT's favor, supporting the union's contention that the district violated state law last...

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