An energized resistance to ongoing attacks on education was on display at this year's American Federation of Teachers national convention in Los Angeles.
Teachers heard the iconic leader of the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina characterize them as part of a movement fighting for the very soul of the nation.
"Enough is enough. Teachers are evaluated and their future livelihoods are linked to that. And when they fall short, they should have a chance to improve."
Several Chicagoans have stolen the show at the AFT's national convention that runs through today at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Teach Great, a coalition backed by billionaire Rex Sinquefield, is funding the ballot initiative.
"We are not letting anybody divide the unions of the Connecticut AFL-CIO!" exclaimed Randi Weingarten to a standing ovation and loud applause.
The 9-0 ruling cheered the NEA, whose Alabama affiliate - the largest and most-influential union in the state - provided the attorneys for whistleblower Edward Lane in lower court arguments.
The latest attack on teachers and their unions was handed down on June 10 by Judge Rolf M. Treu of Los Angeles Superior Court, in his ruling on Vergara v. California.
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.