Many charters have simply become a way to cash in on kids. And while bad actors abuse the charter system, the Walton Family Foundation is spending hundreds of millions to promote rapid expansion of charters and lobby against regulation and oversight.
Our goal is not only that the presidential candidates hear the voices of working families, but also that the conversation about public education and our economy extends from the kitchen table to the campaign trail.
The AFT recently collaborated with the Badass Teachers Association to survey educators on how their working conditions affect them, and the results show that the obstacles they face at work are taking more of a toll than ever.
As president of one of the leading public sector unions in this country, I see firsthand and hear stories every day about workers who make a difference in their communities and in people’s lives—healing the sick, unlocking a child's mind or improving a family's life. That is who our members are: all 1.6 million.
The Alexander-Murray bipartisan bill, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, goes back to the original intent of the law, to level the playing field for at-risk kids.
Gov. Cuomo's education budget proposals shows they are premised on the flawed principle that individual teachers alone, without the necessary tools and resources, can ensure the success of every child, every year, as measured by that child's test score.
On March, I had the honor of addressing the 5th J Street National Conference. I spoke about what we saw when an AFT delegation recently visited Israel and the West Bank.