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Press Release


October 2, 2009



Janet Bass
301-502-5222 (Cell)



AFT To Announce First Recipients of AFT Innovation Fund Grants
Projects Are Bold, Collaborative Education Innovations To Improve Teaching, Learning


WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers will announce on Oct. 8 the first recipients of the AFT Innovation Fund grants for education reforms in which teacher unions and their partners will push the envelope to improve schools, teaching and learning in exciting, new ways.

“Many out there will be surprised to learn these proposals come from unions. Teachers and their unions are not afraid to take risks and share the responsibility for student success,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “They are teacher- and union-designed collaborative programs that have the potential to be sustainable and improve student outcomes. That’s the real promise of these exciting initiatives.”

The AFT Innovation Fund is the first union-led, private foundation-supported effort to provide grants to AFT affiliates nationwide to develop bold education innovations in public schools.

WHAT: News Conference
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.
WHERE: AFT - 4th floor conference room, 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W.
WHO: AFT President Randi Weingarten

Also attending the news conference in person or by phone:

Representatives of:

  • The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
  • The Ford Foundation
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Presidents of AFT affiliates that received grants


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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.