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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 ...

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 a...

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.

Rebecca Klein

Teachers Union Leader Meets With Presidential Dems | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 sch...

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 | 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 | 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...

AFT President Randi Weingarten Speaks About Her Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 12.15.2014 | College

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, opened up this week about her experience with sexual assault and spoke about what ...

Rabbis Arrested During Eric Garner Protests In NYC

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.05.2014 | Religion

Four prominent New York rabbis were arrested during protests against police brutality and racial injustice on Thursday night, along with more than 200...

Newtown Teachers Meeting With Union To Discuss Progress

AP | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Teachers and other school employees in Newtown are meeting with local and national union leaders to discuss issues stemming fro...

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...