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Have Obama’s Education Policies Weakened The Democratic Party?

The Hechinger Report | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics

During the Republican and Democratic conventions, The Hechinger Report will publish a new story each day, examining what the party proposals might mea...

Nation's Largest Teachers Union Endorses Teaching 'Climate Justice'

Bill Bigelow | Posted 07.18.2016 | Education
Bill Bigelow

In May, the Portland, Oregon school board passed the country's first comprehensive "climate justice" resolution. The school board voted unanimously to "abandon the use of any adopted text material that is found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities," and called for all schools to teach a "climate justice" curriculum.

Nation's Largest Teachers Union Endorses Teaching "Climate Justice"

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 07.16.2016 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

There remains an enormous gulf between the severity of the climate crisis and the attention given the crisis in U.S. schools and in widely used text material.

Hillary And The Education History That Teachers Can't Forget

John Thompson | Posted 07.08.2016 | Education
John Thompson

When Hillary Clinton was booed at the National Education Association annual convention for a pro-charter statement, teachers weren't attacking the precise wording of her sentence.

Martyred Teachers In Mexico

Yohuru Williams | Posted 06.27.2016 | Education
Yohuru Williams

That professional right to defend student needs doubles as a moral obligation to stand for those chained by the blight of poverty and silenced by the might of corporate greed, public indifference and government corruption.

Does LAUSD Want to Protect Children or a Bloated Bureaucracy?

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Across America, parents are demanding more and better educational options for their children while teachers unions and bureaucrats desperately fight t...

Split Supreme Court Sides With Teachers' Unions In Dues Fight

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday split 4-4 on a conservative legal challenge to a vital source of funds for organize...

Pension Funds Threaten to Pull the Plug on Pearson (Mis)Education

Alan Singer | Posted 03.07.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson (Mis)Education, the British-based global "education" publishers reported a net profit increased in 2015, but that was because it sold off asse...

Striking Out: Michigan's Anti-Strike Legislation and the Detroit Public Schools Sick-Outs

The Heller School | Posted 03.01.2016 | Detroit
The Heller School

January 20, 2016. President Obama, invited to the North American International Auto Show, begins his tour of the Cobo Center. Hours before, teachers and their supporters wave signs that decry the deplorable conditions of Detroit Public Schools (DPS). This protest shut down 88 of DPS' 100 schools for the day.

Scalia's Death Could Have A Big Impact On This Supreme Court Decision

EdSource | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the California...

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 arguments i...

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 at ano...

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 Ameri...

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 06.20.2016 | 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.