The presidents of the nation's two largest teachers unions offered a solid shared vision for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at a Washington, D.C., meeting with state policy chiefs and in a joint keynote address to a nationwide audience of classroom educators participating in Share My Lesson's third annual virtual conference.
STOP HB 1749
Ed Allen, OKC-AFT President
Teachers are experts at fairness. The principles of fair play are taught and modeled everyday in our classrooms. We know unfair when we see it. It was not hard to spot the lack of fairness in House Bill 1749, since it singles out two teacher organizations in an attempt to suppress the voice of teachers by weakening their unions.
On March 16, HB 1749 was passed 4-3 by a Senate committee. It will now go to the entire Senate for a vote—maybe as early as next Monday. We need to stop this bill. It targets teachers and school staff, singling us out from other public employees. It’s a blatant attempt to silence our professional voice and bust our unions. It will make it harder for us to advocate for our students.
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten looks at how Minnesota and Wisconsin have followed very different economic paths since electing new governors in 2010.
From grass-roots lobbying on Capitol Hill to a telephone town hall meeting, the AFT focused intense activity and energy in the first days of March on the all-important reauthorization of the keystone federal law for K-12 education, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Following a new report detailing how Wall Street sold toxic deals to school districts and municipalities that are costing communities billions in fees, interest and other payments, educators, parents, community members and local officials have joined together for a Day of Action in cities across the country.