Now a new lawsuit, filed in federal court in Houston by the AFT's affiliate there, exposes just how pernicious the problems are.
Teacher unions must unite with parents, students and the community to improve public schools so that we have healthy communities and a vibrant democracy.
On May 20, 1639, the first American public elementary school was established. This was arguably the beginning of the idea of free public education for all.
AFT is launching a campaign to expose the for-profit charter school industry as more interested in profits for its CEOs and stockholders than it is in teaching kids.
"It often feels like students are an afterthought and professors are an inconvenience."
From opposing "fast-track" trade treaty bargaining authority to restoring and expanding voting rights, the AFL-CIO Executive Council committed the labor movement to specific stands on a select group of high-profile issues.
"I am saddened to report that the Board of Trustees directed me and the college's officers to develop a plan to close the college," said the institution's president.
Over the last 5 years, government employment has dropped by 657,000 as a result of the Great Recession's effects. It's worth considering how much of that drop has hit public K-12 schools.
On October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups organized Freedom Day, a mass boycott and demonstration against segregated schools and inadequate resources for black students.
Teachers' unions and others here are suing an accreditation agency over its decision to revoke accreditation of the City College of San Francisco.