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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.

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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.

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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.
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A fight for the very soul of our country

In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the need for our country to return to the kind of thoughtful yet passionate discourse and engagement in civic life that's been far too rare lately.

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Weingarten to Senate on court nomination: Do your job

The Constitution is crystal clear about what to do when there's a Supreme Court vacancy: The president of the United States nominates a candidate for the bench, and the Senate provides advice and consent, AFT President Randi Weingarten says, urging the Senate to do its job.

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