Public education, healthcare and public services are the gateway to social and economic justice, the anchors of democracy and the promise of our country. Yet, some want to undermine the very institutions that are the heartbeat of our society. They want to starve public schools, decimate public services, repeal the Affordable Care Act—all while peddling private alternatives and demonizing workers.
They know people are frustrated and angry with the inequities that persist in our society. But while they are using that anger and frustration to divide, we're using it to mobilize our communities. We're using it to drive home the fact that everyone deserves a great public education—from pre-K through college. Everyone deserves affordable healthcare. Everyone deserves high-quality public services.
We are coming together to change the conversation and ultimately reclaim the promise of America.
Our visions for reclaiming the promise:
- High-quality public education for all children that nurtures a joy of teaching and learning. Read More
- Access to early childhood care and education for all families, including the supports they need. Read More
- Access to affordable and excellent higher education. Read More
- The resources and staffing our hospitals and medical centers need to provide world-class patient care. Read More
- Properly funded and dependable public services and programs that meet the needs of our communities. Read More
- Safeguarding the retirement security for all working women and men. Read More
Join the conversation
In a joint effort between the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute, the Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education conversation series is designed to engender lively and informative conversations on important educational issues. We deliberately invite speakers with diverse perspectives, including views other than those of the AFT and the Shanker Institute.
What is important is that these participants are committed to genuine engagement with each other.
- View the recorded webcast from the June 11 conversation, "Educational Justice and the Integration of American Schools."
- Join the next conversation