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American Teacher
November/December 2012


Feature Story
Ground Game

AFT members are staffing phone banks and going door to door in an effort to help re-elect President Obama.

WHAT WILL BE THE FATE of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the millions of Americans who now have healthcare coverage under this legislation? Will young people and families continue to have access to Pell Grants and other college tuition assistance? And will right-wing governors and other elected officials feel emboldened to go after the bargaining rights of teachers and other public employees in a naked attempt to silence their voices?

These are questions that AFT members and others are pondering as they prepare to go to the polls on Nov. 6. Put simply, it's a choice between President Obama's vision of an America that cares for all of its people—the young, the old, the middle class and the most vulnerable—and a country whose guiding principle is survival of the fittest.

It's a clear and stark choice for members like Cleveland special education teacher L'Taundra Everhart who vividly recalls last year's fight to overturn legislation that would have stripped Ohio's educators, firefighters, police officers and other public employees of their bargaining rights. It's critical that anti-union, anti-worker laws like the one eventually overturned in Ohio don't become widespread, Everhart asserts. "You have to have informed voters" and elect candidates who will stop these laws from proliferating, says Everhart, who has regularly participated in the door-to-door canvassing and phone banking organized by the Cleveland Teachers Union and the city's other unions.


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American Teacher covers a wide range of activities of interest to preK-12 educators. It includes classroom resources and profiles of members, as well as reports on education reform efforts, teachers' rights, union organizing, effective teaching techniques and other education and labor issues. American Teacher is published six times a year and is mailed to all preK-12 educators who are members of the AFT as a benefit of membership. Single copies are free on request. Questions, comments and inquiries about American Teacher should be sent to its managing editor Roger Glass.  
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