PSRP Reporter: Summer 2016

  • AFT weighing in on rules for new law

    Talk centers on funding, flexibility and curriculum

    AFTER YEARS of taking a test-and-punish approach to education under the No Child Left Behind Act, the revamped version of that law, now called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), provides a critical new window of opportunity to reset local, state and federal education policy.

    The key to...

  • Where We Stand

    Honoring our past and inspiring our future Randi Weingarten

    THE AMERICAN FEDERATION of Teachers reached a significant milestone in May: the centennial of our founding. As I’ve pored over historical documents from our archives, it’s clear that, from generation to generation, our union has been a vehicle to fight for positive change both in public schools...

  • Hillary has the answers on gun violence

    Marguerite Ruff

    If I wasn’t already voting for Hillary Clinton, she definitely won my vote after I had a chance to be in the audience at MSNBC’s town hall with her in Philadelphia on April 25. I wanted to ask her about how she plans to deal with gun violence, but Rachel Maddow asked her about it first. This...

  • Campaign notes from the road

    Sherry Friedman

    This spring, retired AFT member Sherry Friedman volunteered with fellow retirees from the United Federation of Teachers in New York City on Hillary Clinton’s campaign trail in Florida, canvassing from Fort Lauderdale to Miami. With a daily list of up to 70 doors to knock on, she found it...

  • Through basic training, 'the General' turns paras into leaders

    Paraprofessional leadership program builds an army of educators

    EVEN MONTHS LATER, Kris Schwarzkopf still gets choked up remembering the night this spring she was awarded the highest honor an AFT PSRP leader can receive: the Albert Shanker Pioneer Award.

    “I’m still not over it. Shocked. Surprised. Honored that I was chosen,” she says, and then, with a...

  • Activism is the answer

    Members in two manufacturing towns refuse to lose