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.
For the past 18 months, University of Illinois Chicago faculty have been negotiating for a livable salary for full-time lecturers.
Thousands of elementary and secondary school teachers in Puerto Rico carried out a two day strike to protest a raid on their pension plans.
ALEC "strips away rights" of workers and voters "in the interests of the power they represent," AFT president Randi Weingarten says.
The "strike for better schools" was intended to reform the way the schools were administered and operated, and also how workers there were treated.
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.
"Having the support of parents, alumni, teachers, and community groups means so much. We are forming a union to provide a better education for our students."
The U.S. public still strongly supports public schools and wants to improve them - and is willing to pay to do so.
Delegates to the union's annual convention, the first week in July in Atlanta, approved the fee at the urging of President Dennis Van Roekel.