Randi Weingarten's blog

Hillary's bold plan for higher education

Over recent decades, two fundamental challenges have made higher education more and more unattainable: states cutting their investment in public colleges and universities, and soaring student debt as costs rise and colleges shift more and more of the burden to students and their families. This week, Hillary Clinton laid out a bold plan—the New College Compact—that would tackle these two issues head on.

A punch in the face

You deserve “a punch in the face.” At least that’s what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie thinks. In an interview aired Sunday, Christie threatened violence against teachers, and called our unions “the single most destructive force in public education.”

Shape the debate, or chase it

When the three leading Democratic candidates were interviewed by our members and elected leaders, it was clear that Hillary Clinton's vision and leadership stood out from the crowd, especially on the issues that matter most to our members. The consensus we came to was that if we want to shape the debate, we need to endorse now.

Exciting news about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Now that the House and Senate have passed their own versions of legislation overhauling the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and its last version, the No Child Left Behind Act, we are closer than we have been in more than 14 years to getting relief from the testing madness and the "sanction, close and punish schools" climate of the past decade.

They want to break our union

On Jun 30, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association during its next term. This case is an outright attack against unions to prevent us from representing our members and using our voices to fight for our families, our schools, our colleges, our healthcare facilities and our communities.

Recognizing your work

As president of one of the leading public sector unions in this country, I see firsthand and hear stories every day about workers who make a difference in their communities and in people’s lives—healing the sick, unlocking a child's mind or improving a family's life. That is who our members are: all 1.6 million.