Thousands of support staff took action in more than 200 cities as part of the #ReclaimOurSchools National Day of Action in January. It was the first salvo in what will be a long fight to resist the worst elements of Donald Trump’s agenda.
AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson started out as a paraprofessional who, after a snowstorm, watched as paras were left alone without pay to keep kids safe. The debacle inspired Johnson to launch her first organizing drive.
Parents, school staff and students rallied to protest the planned closure of two dozen Detroit schools. As many as 24 of 119 city schools could be closed as soon as this summer, with another 25 to be shut down in 2018.
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