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Randi Weingarten

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Hargreaves

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.24.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"What the US now needs is a learning Secretary who promotes challenging and joyful learning for all students, uplifting and impactful learning for edu...

PREDICTING NEW YORK: Hillary's Experience + Sanders Agenda = Clinton45.

Mark Green | Posted 04.17.2016 | Politics
Mark Green

2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpgNew Yorkers Weingarten, Cooke and Green agree that Sanders is attracting record crowds and voters for an insurgent. But Clinton wins handily because a practical progressive beats a walking-wish-list now campaigning with acrimony and sanctimony. Conservatives hope to "lose with Cruz."

Diversity in Teaching: TFA Walks the Walk, AFT Talks the Talk

Erika Sanzi | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Erika Sanzi

It takes a lot of nerve for the head of a huge teaching organization known to have an overwhelmingly white membership to play the diversity card against another teaching organization that has 50 percent teachers of color, yet in the crazy world of education politics, it happened.

Education Policies Worthy of the Name 'Reform'

Randi Weingarten | Posted 12.20.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

This new law can create positive change. States will now take the lead on accountability, interventions and teacher evaluation systems. While some states will mess up, we hope most will learn from the failures of NCLB and give teachers and schools the latitude and support to deeply engage students and to focus on the whole child.

Lighten the Load on Our Nurses for Better Health Care

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Prior to the OSH Act, workplace safety was a concept only familiar to those with a good union or an unusually goodhearted boss. There was no law saying your employer had to send you home every day in one piece. The OSH Act changed that.

Randi and Eva: Stop Suspending Our Babies!

Reggie Harris | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices
Reggie Harris

The best action that either of you can take for Black kids is to decide to stop suspending them now. Commit to the hard work of being creative in finding new restorative justice models. Support organizations that truly consist of the people that they are supposed to help.

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.

Teachers Demand Chris Christie Apologize For Face-Punching Comment

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

Teachers are fighting back after Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said Sunday that their unions deserve a punch in the face. The Ameri...

The Most Important Issue Missing From America's Sex-Ed Courses

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.31.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

In an age when young people remain divided over what really constitutes consent, one in four college women will report a rape or attempted rape in the...

The Power of Collective Voice

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.19.2016 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 07.05.2016 | 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.

Rebecca Klein

Teachers Union Leader Meets With Presidential Dems

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

The country's largest teachers union isn't ready to pass judgment on its favorite presidential candidates -- but the process of making contenders work...

The Global Search for Education: Oppi-tunities for Parents

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Cathy Rubin and Randi Weingarten at Oppi Festival Kick Off Call me mad or just insanely curious, but I visited over 20 scho...

New York Teachers: I Asked Weingarten About the Hochul Robocall

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Even though Hochul was listed separately on the ballot in the primary, Weingarten acknowledged in her September 8, 2014, robocall that she was performing the call on behalf of the Democratic Party -- and the Democratic Party considered Hochul to complete the Cuomo re-election ticket.

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.

Is NYSUT/AFT Support for NY Opt Out Just the 2013 AFT "Moratorium" Warmed Over?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

What will it take for NYSUT and AFT to break up with intended testing conduit, Common Core?

Rebecca Klein

Largest Teachers Union Already Involved In 2016 Presidential Race

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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.

Joy Resmovits

Liberal Advocates Are Aligning With Congressional Republicans On This Education Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

At the end of every school year, Stephen Lazar, a New York City social studies teacher, would stand in front of his students and apologize to them for...

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.

Teacher's Union Launches Petition To Push College Sexual Assault Bill

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.16.2014 | College

The American Federation of Teachers, one of the country's largest teacher's unions, launched a petition Monday to urge the incoming Republican Congres...