Concern, frustration and outright dismay colored many of the exchanges between Democratic members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Betsy DeVos, the Michigan education lobbyist nominated by Donald Trump for education secretary, at her confirmation hearing.
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.
In a decision that could reshape working and learning conditions for thousands of college workers and their students, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that graduate assistants have the right to unionize, even at private colleges.
The AFT weighed in on proposed federal regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act this month, highlighting areas where the Department of Education must rework its draft in order to give schools a real shot at moving away from the current burdens of test-and-punish reform.
The AFT, the Florida Education Association, the National Education Association, the Service Employees International Union, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are working together to provide support and resources to the Orlando community in the wake of June 12's horrific shooting.
May 13, 2016 | Washington News Service | Eric Tegethoff, Producer
SEATTLE - As movements such as Black Lives Matter have gained steam, a major topic of discussion is racial equity in public institutions. [full story]
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about the looming teacher shortage our public schools face and how we can address the challenge before it turns into a crisis.
As it gathers momentum, the movement to organize graduate assistants could well overturn old policies barring private college and university graduate workers from unionizing, and pave the way for guaranteed workers' rights in the future.
Washington News Service | Eric Tegethoff, Producer April 8, 2016 SEATTLE - Contingent faculty, including adjunct professors, are holding a conference Saturday at South Seattle College to discuss the mounting difficulties part-time instructors face at work. Almost 70 percent of college professors across the United States are contingent faculty. Part-time instructors sometimes rely on public assistance and unemployment benefits in order to make ends meet. - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-04-08/education/adjunct-professors-seek-better-working-conditions/a51264-1#sthash.hvnicko9.dpuf
In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the need for our country to return to the kind of thoughtful yet passionate discourse and engagement in civic life that's been far too rare lately.