AFT Innovation Fund

AFT Announces Five-City Compact to Support Career and Technical Education Pathways

Bright Idea

Educators, school districts, community colleges, city governments and business groups will collaborate to support career and technical education to provide powerful links between high school, well-paid jobs and higher education, under an American Federation of Teachers multicity initiative announced today.

Under “Promising Pathways,” the AFT Innovation Fund will invest approximately $500,000 to support four local AFT affiliates’ work with their local partners to expand career and technical education opportunities. The cities are Peoria, Ill.; Pittsburgh; San Francisco; and Miami. In each city, the career pathways will be closely aligned with the local job market. Read more.

AFT grants will give teachers a voice on Common Core

The AFT has awarded AFT Innovation Fund grants for teachers in New York and Connecticut to offer solutions to problems with their state's rollout of the Common Core State Standards. The New York State United Teachers and AFT Connecticut were awarded the grants in a competition that was announced in July at the AFT convention.

"These grants are about giving educators some seed money to take their ideas about educational standards and convert them into practice," says AFT President Randi Weingarten. "Many educators support higher standards but are concerned about particular aspects, especially the Common Core standards' poor implementation and their developmental appropriateness, particularly in the early grades. We wanted to give the people closest to children a chance to do something different, as long as we were all focused on how to help students secure the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that the Common Core standards are supposed to be about." Read more.

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