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Weingarten: Seize the moment and reset policy through ESSA

AFT President Randi Weingarten told Senate lawmakers that the Every Student Succeeds Act enacted by Congress in December "gives us the opportunity for the reset needed to move from a test-and-sanction environment to one of support and improvement " in public schools, but that "states will need time to get it done and get it right."

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School 'walk-ins' deliver a national wake-up call

Neighborhood by neighborhood, building by building, AFT members joined with parents, students and the community in 30 cities across the nation on Feb. 17 to hold an estimated 800 school "walk-ins"— bringing national attention to challenges facing public education and, equally important, to the community-generated, community-backed solutions and supports that could transform every public school into a building that every child deserves.

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Hedge funds are bankrupting higher education

Many universities across the United States are cash-strapped because they have prioritized paying high fees to hedge funds—largely unregulated, high-cost investment vehicles run by the ultra-wealthy—while asking students, faculty and staff to pick up a bigger part of the tab, an explosive new report shows.

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Detroit unions sue over deplorable school conditions

The Detroit Public Schools' fiscal and building conditions have left Detroit students, teachers and parents exposed to dangerous environments that will cause serious and irreparable harm to their health, safety and welfare, and to students' educational opportunities, according to a lawsuit filed by the Detroit Federation of Teachers, its affiliated state and national unions, and several parents.

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Yearning to breathe free

In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, which came out the day before the nation celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the damage being done to our country by increasingly partisan rancor and bitter disagreements.

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Education policies worthy of the name 'reform'

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about the potential of the new Every Student Succeeds Act to bring positive change to our public education system.

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Every Student Succeeds Act ushers in sweeping changes

The signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act marks a new day in public education, says AFT President Randi Weingarten, who stood behind President Obama (along with other AFT leaders and members) at the White House as he signed the law.

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Federation chapters receive Union Values in Action Awards

(Lake Charles – November 22, 2015) Seven local chapters of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers today received the Union Values in Action Award for improving the lives of members, enhancing the influence of the union and advancing the mission of public education.

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Veteran activists receive Federation Pioneer Award

(Lake Charles – November 22, 2015) Retired Jefferson Federation of Teachers President Meladie Munch and Red River United member Cleve Arkansas today received Pioneer Awards from the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. The award is presented annually to individuals who, over the years, made major contributions to the growth and influence of the LFT.

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