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Martin Luther King, Teachers' Unions and Social Justice

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
Yohuru Williams

This Martin Luther King Holiday, we need to be mindful of what public school educators are telling us about the state of our schools and by extension, our children and our democracy. "Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

There's No "I" in Teacher Autonomy: It's Time to Advance a Collective Approach

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

Teachers like my children's have the knowledge, skills, and definitely the will to make decisions that will improve student learning. But in isolation, teachers in most American schools will still have to fight the system in order to do just a sliver of what they have the capacity to do.

An Open Letter to Every Teacher Who Has Told a Student to Put Away a Cell Phone

Sally Lee | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Sally Lee

In the wake of the #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh, in lunchrooms and teachers' lounges across the country, many educators reacted with shock that any teacher would call security for such a commonplace, modern-day classroom struggle as "Put away your cell phone."

This Supreme Court Case Could Significantly Weaken Teachers Unions

EdSource | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published.   Sometime in early 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argum...

When Unions Are Strong, Families Are Strong

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Republicans have staked out endless signature issues: shutting down the government, vilifying immigrants, denouncing rights like paid sick leave and equal pay because they are "women's issues," privatizing education, and--wait for it--obliterating the rights of working people to negotiate together for better wages and benefits that can sustain their families.

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...

What Teachers' Lounge?

Abby Norman | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Abby Norman

Gov. Kasich thinks the problem with teachers is the teachers' lounge. The problem with teachers is this: We are having to deal with laws that are being passed by people who have not one single clue as to what our job entails. Go ahead, good sir! Get rid of the teachers' lounge. We probably won't even notice. We're too busy doing our job.

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.

'Smell Something, Say Something!' Teachers' Unions Do Not Hurt Student Outcomes.

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Conservative partisans (as well as many centrist Democrats) consistently assert that teachers' unions are bad for student outcomes, and if we want to improve such outcomes, we must diminish the impact of teachers' unions.

Republican Education Policy is Idiotic

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

Titan of industry, Henry Ford, once said, "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." For an example of a group that has proven to ironically learn nothing from its past mistakes, one need look no further than the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

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.

A Memo To States: This Is How You Create A Teacher Shortage

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

It's back-to-school time in Kansas, and kids are starting to trickle back into school hallways. But when these students arrive at their classrooms, th...

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 ...

Campbell Brown Launches Education News Site With An Agenda

The Huffington Post | Riley Griffin | Posted 07.13.2015 | Media

Former CNN and NBC News anchor Campbell Brown officially launched an online education news site on Monday as a way to "challenge the status quo" in Am...

Walking The Walk For Working Families

Randi Weingarten | Posted 06.21.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

As we fight our way back from the recession, it's clear that our economy isn't working for everyone. Too many don't have the skills they need for the jobs available. As a union, the AFT takes on these issues. This work isn't loud or provocative, but it's vital for our communities and our nation.

This Is What It Takes To Get A Teacher Fired Around The Country

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

States around the country can't agree on what job protections teachers should be granted. Some states allow teachers to obtain tenure -- a tool that t...

An Imagined Interview With the New New York State Education Commissioner

Alan Singer | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

This has to be an imagined interview. There were no open meetings with candidates where they were required to lay out their views about educational issues to the public.

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...

Schools Nationwide Struggle With Substitute Teacher Shortage

AP | TOM COYNE | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Carrie Swing wasn't alarmed when her fifth-grade daughter, Ivy, spent a day in a first-grade classroom at her San Francisco s...

Janie Velencia

Andrew Cuomo's Approval Rating Drops To New Low | Janie Velencia | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

Just a few months into his second term, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) faces his lowest approval rating since assuming office, according to a new Quin...

Hey, Hey, Cuomo, Your Education Plan Has Got to Go

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Ian Reifowitz

What is Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan? He offers increased funding, but only if his reforms on teacher evaluation and so-called merit pay are also adopted. But the reality is that using students' results on standardized tests to measure the effectiveness of teachers -- also known as Value Added Assessment (VAM) -- is simply not supported by research on the matter.

Thousands Of LA Teachers Demand Higher Wages And Smaller Class Sizes

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand of ...

Chris Christie Says He Struck A Deal With NJ Teachers Union

Reuters | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics

By Luciana Lopez Trenton, NJ, Feb 24 (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie struck a deal with the state's tea...

The Museum of Educational History

Lee Kronert | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Lee Kronert

The National Museum of Educational History located in Albany, New York has been a hotbed of public attention since its opening in January of 2035. The old timers still can't believe that they used to allow themselves to be pushed around like that back in the years of 2000-2020.

When Teachers Are Pushed to the Wall -- A Ray of Sunlight

Laurel M. Sturt | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Laurel M. Sturt

The new iteration of teacher serves not the broad public interest of education as an individual and national good, but the selfish motives of the few: those who profit and those bought by those profits -- the politicians. One chases the money, while the other pursues the power.