The AFT has awarded AFT Innovation Fund grants for teachers in New York and Connecticut to offer solutions to problems with their state's rollout of the Common Core State Standards.
AFT President Randi Weingarten joined parents and teachers at the Time-Life Building in New York City to deliver more than 100,000 petition signatures to Time magazine.
A broad-based group of organizations has released "A New Social Compact for American Education"—a groundbreaking rethinking of accountability that replaces the current paradigm of "test and punish" with a focus on what is needed to support and improve teaching and learning.
One rotten apple at Time magazine—specifically, the cover of an upcoming issue about teacher tenure—is generating lots of anger and activism among AFT members and our friends and allies.
The AFT has announced the winners of the second annual Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism, a competition among AFT state and local affiliates to shine a light on innovative, inspiring and collaborative solutions to tough problems.
More than 1,000 teachers in Waukegan, Ill., who have been on strike since Oct. 2, are continuing to demand that the board of education return to the bargaining table and work with the union on a fair contract.
The sense of doom that motivated an estimated 310,000 people to converge on the Upper West Side of New York City for the People's Climate March did not dampen their hope and optimism for a vision of a green future.
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten challenges the misguided narrative that teachers are somehow responsible for preventing our nation's neediest students from succeeding. The truth, she writes, is that educators in classrooms across the country are engaging students from all demographics and geographies and promoting a love of learning.
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."