Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten Calls for Action to Fix Heating Issues in Baltimore City Schools

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

WASHINGTON—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten calling for action to fix the heating issues in Baltimore City schools and standing with the Baltimore Teachers Union:

“Kids can’t learn and teachers can’t teach in freezing classrooms and in schools with no heat, frozen pipes and frigid winds coming in through drafty windows. These conditions are unsafe, unbearable and unacceptable for students, educators and school employees. We stand with the Baltimore Teachers Union and our members, who are standing up for the children they serve and demanding that the district close schools until crews can properly assess and fix the heating problems in every school in the city. Our top priority is ensuring safe and productive learning conditions in all of Baltimore’s public schools.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.