Act now to save local control of schools!

UPDATE: The House of Representatives rejected SH 636 on Wednesday afternoon. The final vote count was 30 FOR, 63 AGAINST and 11 ABSENT.

Congratulations to all those who worked so hard to preserve local control of our schools!

Educators are urged to visit the capitol at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, May 28. The House of Representatives will consider SB 636 by Sen. Bodi White (R-Central). The bill unfairly singles out the East Baton Rouge Parish school system to be radically restructured.

New Orleans charter school board okays union talks

(New Orleans – May 16, 2014) The board of one of America’s highest performing high schools has agreed to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with teachers. On Thursday night, Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans became the city’s second charter school to embrace the collective voice of their teaching staff by formally recognizing a union.


The 'Wall Street skim' on higher education

As if student debt levels soaring to more than $1.2 trillion isn't shocking enough, a new report released by the AFT shows that a large portion of the billions Americans spend on higher education each year ends up in the pockets of Wall Street and other financial profiteers.


It's time for a new accountability in American education

In a new column on the Huffington Post, AFT President Randi Weingarten and Stanford University professor of education Linda Darling-Hammond outline a better accountability model for schools, which moves from testing and punishing to supporting and improving learning.


AFT announces 2014 Everyday Heroes

The AFT has announced its 2014 AFT Everyday Heroes after a nationwide nomination and voting process. Nine extraordinary union members will be honored at the AFT's national convention in Los Angeles this July.