AFT president Randi Weingarten will deliver a speech on Nov. 17 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., titled "After the Election: Making the Right Choices for Education and the Economy." New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will introduce Weingarten. She will discuss the direction needed for public education and the impact of the economy on public services, especially in light of the Nov. 4 election results.
Invitations to the event have been sent to media, congressional leaders and staff, educational leaders, labor leaders and others. There has been a lot of interest in the event, so a full house is expected at the Press Club. Following Weingarten's speech, the full transcript and video highlights will be available online.
A statement from Birmingham AFT President, Richard Franklin concerning the re-opening of Alabama’s public schools (Survey results included):
The safety and health of our public-school communities must be first and foremost in any plans to reopen buildings so that educators can teach, and students can learn. The road map to return to in-person classroom instruction must be clear, universal and focused on science and the advice of top health experts. It must not jeopardize the health and well