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Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.


Our 2017 Legislative Agenda

The Legislative Affairs Committee (LAC) is comprised of six members and three AFT Washington staff that have participated in a series of meetings evaluating the past 2016 session. The LAC divided up into three groups to analyze potential areas of concern that could be addressed this legislative session. The final meeting of the LAC culminated in a joint meeting with the WEA which created the final agenda and strategy for the upcoming 2017 session. AFT Washington's Executive Board approved this agenda.

Classified Concerns


Professor Watchlist -- Sign the Petition to Join


"Professor Watchlist" by Turning Point USA was founded to "identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government." This blacklist allows students to submit names of professors who do or say things that are presumably opposed to conservative principles. Upon hearing that two professors from Notre Dame were on the watchlist, 100 of their colleagues petitioned the "Professor Watchlist" to be added to it themselves in a show of solidarity and to uphold academic freedom. You are invited to add your name to the watchlist. Visit Free Academics website and click on Take Action to sign the petition. To find out more about the Professor Watchlist, read a recent article from the Washington Post.


AFT Leaders on Nomination of Tom Price as HHS Secretary

Nov. 29, 2016

WASHINGTON—In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services, leaders of the AFT, the nation’s second-largest union of nurses and healthcare professionals, have issued the following statement:

AFT President Randi Weingarten:
“During the campaign, Mr. Trump promised seniors that he was a different type of Republican—that he understood the importance of Medicare and would not touch it. This nomination of Tom Price makes that promise a nullity; it would appear from this and other nominations that raiding public funds for private profit is a more animating principle to the president-elect than Americans' healthcare and well-being. [read full statement]

Statement by Randi Weingarten on the Nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

November 23, 2016

Weingarten on Nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON—In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education, AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement: “The president-elect, in his selection of Betsy DeVos, has chosen the most ideological, anti-public education nominee put forward since President Carter created a Cabinet-level Department of Education. [see full statement]

Seeking Nominees for Nominations & Elections Committee

As you know, our biennial convention will take place in six short months and we will be electing officers at the convention.

The AFT Washington Executive Board is calling for nominations for members in good standing to serve on the 2017 Nominations and Elections Committee. The Nominations and Elections Committee consists of three members with no more than one member from a local. The committee accepts nominations for the offices of the president, secretary, treasurer, and the vice presidents and ensures they meet the requirements.