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Bernie Sanders, Not Hillary Clinton, Deserves Union Endorsements

Ben Spielberg | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

While Clinton is far more union-friendly than anyone running for the Republican nomination, her labor credentials are significantly worse than her main challenger in the Democratic primary, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Around the World in 30 Days -- September 2015

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In the response from our global teacher bloggers to our September question, "What was your most challenging classroom and how did you turn it around?", a common theme ran through all anecdotes -- an openness to student experience that allows for a more understanding, empathetic response to student's problems.

The Global Search for Education: Teaching in a Global World

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.19.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Randi Weingarten is the President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). I talk to Randi about what we can learn from successful education models abroad, the increasing importance of teachers having robust global and cultural competence, and how the US can do a better job supporting its teachers.

Want More Diverse Educators? Then It Is Time To Improve Teacher Working Conditions

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.16.2015 | Black Voices

Nearly 19 percent of teachers of color left their jobs after the 2011 - 2012  school year, either exiting the profession or pursuing a position a...

South Africa Teachers Union Denounces Pearson (Always Earning)

Alan Singer | Posted 09.03.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Everyone does not agree with Fallon that Pearson's burning desire is "better education." In fact many around the world suspect the company's burning desire is to maximize profits with little regard for its impact on the world's poor.

Dear President Carter

Angela Garcia Combs | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Angela Garcia Combs

When I had no safety at home, when food was scarce and my life seemed impossibly violent and out of control, you became President. You instilled a belief in me that moral leadership will win.

In Vergara's Wake, A New Role for Unions

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 08.13.2015 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

The national focus on teaching quality is gradually giving rise to the emergence of authentic opportunities for teacher leadership.

The Power of Collective Voice

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.19.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Through the union, educators are raising our collective voice. Together with parents and students, educators are turning the tide. Teaching is our heart. Our students are our soul. And the union is our spine. When educators raise their voice and their power, we can reclaim the promise of public education.

What's Wrong With The AFT?

Jacobin | Lois Weiner | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

This story was originally posted at Jacobin, a print quarterly that offers socialist perspectives on politics and economics. Support Jacobin and buy a...

Dave Jamieson

The Kill Shot For Public-Sector Unions | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Faced with its gravest threat in years from the Supreme Court, one of the country's largest labor unions is preparing for a ruling that ...

Dave Jamieson

Clinton Picks Up The First Major Labor Endorsement Of 2016 | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton picked up an early if not surprising endorsement on Saturday from one of the country's largest labor unions: the America...

Our Golden Opportunity

Lily Eskelsen Garcia | Posted 07.05.2015 | Education
Lily Eskelsen Garcia

With the reauthorization of the absurd and dysfunctional NCLB, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. We have a chance to ignite their imaginations, encourage them to reach their full potential, and expand their world view beyond filling in bubble tests with a #2 pencil.

School Is Out for the Political 'Silly Season'

Ronnie Musgrove | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Ronnie Musgrove

Our highest priority in education should be to train and support great teachers. People become teachers because they want to make a difference in children's lives, and I'm living proof they can make all the difference in the world.

I Got a Good Job Right Out of High School Thanks to CTE

Joseph Neyhart | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Joseph Neyhart

Not many people can say they got a job -- a good job, the kind that marks the beginning of a real career -- right out of high school. But I can.

Changing the Stereotype of Tech Ed

Lily Mohamed | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Lily Mohamed

When I was in eighth grade, I wanted to go to a technical high school. It was not a popular decision, and that's an understatement. My chemistry teacher worried that if I didn't go to a conventional, college-prep school, I wouldn't amount to anything. Well, I proved them all wrong.

'When Will I Ever Use This? And Why Am I Even Here?'

Mauricio Gonzalez | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Mauricio Gonzalez

I believe in CTE because it lifts up underrepresented kids and gives them a chance to rise above the poverty line. It evens out the playing field, makes middle-class jobs not only more understandable, but more democratically accessible to the common Joe on the street. And that's something worth fighting for.

A Step Forward in Washington, A Step Back in New York

Randi Weingarten | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

There's no silver bullet when it comes to helping all children achieve. Great public schools are our best shot. But until we have more leaders willing to look past ideology, listen to those closest to the classroom, and find common ground, we won't move forward.

Rebecca Klein

Largest Teachers Union Already Involved In 2016 Presidential Race | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

The National Education Association, the largest U.S. teachers union, has already jumped into the 2016 presidential race, even though only one major ca...

People Are Pissed at Pearson

Alan Singer | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson's only intended result is to make more and more money. That is why so many people are pissed at Pearson and fighting back against Common Core and Pearson PARCC exams.

Leveling the Playing Field for Our Kids

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

A high-quality public education can unlock our children's potential. It can bring communities together. It can ensure a top-notch workforce for our economy and an engaged citizenry for our democracy. We have an opportunity with the ESEA reauthorization to help reclaim the promise of public education.

Creating Healthy Minds With First Book

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.01.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Today, 32.4 million American children go without books -- even as study after study has shown that literacy is crucial to success in school, future earning potential and the ability to contribute to the nation's economy.

A Letter to Educators in Response to the St. Louis County Grand Jury Decision

Mark Otto | Posted 01.25.2015 | Education
Mark Otto

There is no script for what to do with our students in situations like these, but I do believe that more than anything else, they need to feel loved and cared for. I ask that, regardless of how you are feeling, we all work hard to maintain safe spaces in our school and show each of our students how much we love them and care for them and that we want to keep them safe.

Joy Resmovits

Teacher Training Is A Ridiculously Easy Way To Ace College, Report Says | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

Majoring in education is an easy route to high college grades and graduation, says a new report that calls for higher standards in teacher preparation...

Rebecca Klein

Teachers Unions Say Midterm Losses Don't Reflect On Them | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

When the smoke cleared Wednesday after the 2014 midterms, education reformers quickly claimed victory and pointed to teachers unions as the election's...

Amanda Terkel

Teachers Union Set To Spend More In 2014 Than Any Other Election Cycle Ever | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A national teachers union is set to spend a record amount in the 2014 election cycle, focused on ousting several conservative governors ...