On Thursday, August 21, new members of the RVCTA participated in a different kind of "icebreaker."
President Viri Pettersen greeted members, who, since Monday, participated in the district's New Teacher Institute with a request - to take a stretch for a moment before lunch and provide support as she fulfilled an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge request from friend and colleague, SRP Ilene Madden.
Pettersen thanked all who have supported the campaign, which, to date, has received donations in excess of $41,000,000 for ALS research.
The AFT is challenging the assumptions of a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on school support staff, which suggests that the increase in the number of these employees is "adding more hands, but not necessarily more value."
AFT President Randi Weingarten appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" television show to make the case for teachers' due process rights, to correct widely held misconceptions about the teaching workforce, and to clarify that problems tied to evaluation are often mislabeled as due process issues.
AFT convention delegates unanimously passed a special order of business—recommended by the executive council—to fight back against attacks on unions and teachers like Vergara v. California and Harris v. Quinn, and to fight forward to reclaim the promise of America.
AFT President Randi Weingarten kicked off the AFT national convention in Los Angeles by outlining a bold plan to both fight back and fight forward to reclaim the promise of America and create economic and educational opportunity for all.