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Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.


Trump fails a crucial test

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about Donald Trump's education policies amd how they would devastate our public education system.


Michigan Legislature lashes out at Detroit schools

The Michigan House of Representatives, ignoring fierce opposition from the Democratic minority, passed a dead-of-night financial aid package for Detroit Public Schools that had been twisted into a partisan screed against Detroit teachers and school employees.


How the teacher shortage could turn into a crisis

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about the looming teacher shortage our public schools face and how we can address the challenge before it turns into a crisis.


PREP Act Substitute

The new version of the PREP Act that dropped on April 7th has changed the five tier level of effectiveness for a teacher to four tiers.  A teacher, even a tenured teacher, can be fired after two consecutive evaluations from the lowest tier.  It states that a MINIMUM of 25% of the evaluation will be test scores...the remaining MAXIMUM of 75% will contain: AT LEAST 2 observations, student surveys, growth plan, collaboration, and additional measures of performance. Each local system will decide the weight of each item.