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Teachers union presidents discuss ESEA priorities

The presidents of the nation's two largest teachers unions offered a solid shared vision for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at a Washington, D.C., meeting with state policy chiefs and in a joint keynote address to a nationwide audience of classroom educators participating in Share My Lesson's third annual virtual conference.

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AFT launches full-court press on ESEA reauthorization

From grass-roots lobbying on Capitol Hill to a telephone town hall meeting, the AFT focused intense activity and energy in the first days of March on the all-important reauthorization of the keystone federal law for K-12 education, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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AFT leader pushes for strong career, technical education

Excellent career and technical education programs are an irreplaceable bridge from high school to productive middle-class lives for many students, and Congress must recognize that fact by placing excellent CTE at the heart of its overall strategy for schools, a Connecticut teacher and AFT leader told a U.S. Senate panel.

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Big business wants to tell teachers: SHUT UP!

For the third straight year, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has made eliminating payroll deduction of union dues one of their primary goals. Like well-heeled extremists in other states, LABI hopes to get rid of any organized resistance by making union membership as inconvenient as possible.

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Leveling the playing field for our kids

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the vital role a high-quality education system can play in giving students much-needed skills and knowledge as well as stabilizing our communities and strengthening the economy.

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Changes may be in store for teacher evaluations

Although the final decisions will be up to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, steps were taken this week to make Louisiana’s teacher evaluation system fairer and more accurate. The biggest of these is a recommendation to suspend Value Added Model component of teacher evaluations for another year.

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AFT teacher brings community schools message to Congress

Stressing that the majority of kids in American public schools now live in poverty, a Baltimore teacher and AFT member urged Congress to battle that challenge through a redesigned Elementary and Secondary Education Act—one that helps schools and students overcome poverty's deepest obstacles by supporting proven strategies like community schools.

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LA charters praised for lack of accountability

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has ranked Louisiana as the second highest of all the states, based on how our state’s charter school law aligns with the organization’s model law. Their rankings reward states for making charter schools less accountable to local voters and taxpayers.

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AFT outlines priorities for ESEA reauthorization

As Congress gears up to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it is time to return to the law's moral and legal roots as a vehicle to ensure civil rights and equal opportunity for all children, particularly those most at risk, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

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