Press Release

AFT President To Visit Orlando, Fla., Schools

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Janet Bass

WASHINGTON—The president of the American Federation of Teachers will visit Orange County, Fla., schools Thursday with the school superintendent and meet with teachers, parents, school and community leaders, applauding the county’s efforts to make students and its public schools a priority, including through the voter-approved levy for public education, but urging the state to step up as well to help, not hurt, kids.

AFT President Randi Weingarten will visit Ocoee Middle School and Fern Creek Elementary School. She will hold a noon community meeting on public education with teachers and school personnel and a diverse group of community leaders, including Orange County School Superintendent Ronald Blocker, members of the Orange County board of education, Pastor Willie Barnes of the African American Alliance, the president of the state PTA, the president of the county NAACP, local political leaders, officials from other unions, and members of nonprofit organizations involved in education.

“Orange County has made kids a priority and is showing confidence in public education. One of its investments to ensure kids get the best education possible is through the levy, which will help insulate students from devastating state budget cuts,” Weingarten said. The levy is expected to bring in about $85 million a year for four years.

Reporters may join AFT President Weingarten on Thursday, May 5, at Ocoee Middle School and at the community meeting.

10:15 a.m. Ocoee Middle School (Superintendent Blocker will join tour)
300 South Bluford Ave., Ocoee, Fla.
 Noon Community meeting
Dubsdread Restaurant
549 West Par St., Orlando, Fla.


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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.