Press Release

Bill Gates Addresses AFT

For Release: 

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Contact:

Janet Bass
202-879-4554
jbass@aft.org

SEATTLE—Bill Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation addressed the American Federation of Teachers national convention today in Seattle. His speech to the more than 3,000 AFT delegates is available at http://www.aft.org/pdfs/press/sp_gates071010.pdf.

The AFT is holding its biennial convention July 7-11 in Seattle. Coming together under the theme “Building Futures Together,” more than 3,000 delegates will vote on major union policies that address the need to save and strengthen public education, build common cause with communities, and improve the institutions in which our members work.

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The AFT represents 1.6 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.

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The Parents, Educators and Owners Partnering for Learning in Early-education for the Kids (PEOPLE for the Kids) includes New Mexico Early Educators United, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers; the Quality Early Learning Association, which represents preschool owners; and the OLÉ Working Parents Association, which represents more than 4,000 parents of young children throughout New Mexico.