"Too many new teachers enter our schools feeling unprepared. We shouldn't tolerate that in a profession so important to our country's future."
"We didn't start this fight; the assault on public education started here and it needs to end here," declared Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union.
A sea of red-shirted teachers, other public workers, parents, community residents and students joined in a massive show of solidarity in Chicago on Labor Day as teachers prepare for a possible strike Sept. 10.
The vice president was introduced by Jill Biden who taught for 13 years in a public high school and continues teaching full time at Northern Virginia Community College, even as she serves as the "Second Lady."
AFT President Randi Weingarten began her keynote address to 3,000 delegates as the AFT opened its national convention. She drew a standing ovation.
The AFT will launch an all-out drive against school systems' overdependence on high-stakes testing as a measure of student progress.
With Chicago teachers facing a hostile mayor and Chicago Board of Education in negotiations for a new contract, 90% of teachers union members have voted to authorize a strike.
Public school employees charged that Michigan State Senate Bill 1040 would severely slash retiree health and pension benefits.
The AFT, like a number of other unions, had already endorsed President Barack Obama before this meeting.
CHICAGO - Fed up with discrimination, the Chicago Teachers Union filed a complaint Feb. 9 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charging the Board of Education's mass teacher layoffs last year unfairly impacted African American teachers.