Weingarten joins parents, UK union leaders, to call out Pearson at London shareholders' meeting
AFT President Randi Weingarten joined other union leaders, parents and education advocates from the United States and the United Kingdom on April 24 in London and demanded that testing giant Pearson measure the social, emotional and academic impact of its education practices in the United States, the United Kingdom and developing nations.
Attending Pearson's annual shareholders' meeting, Weingarten challenged Pearson to match its actions to its leadership's rhetoric about being a socially responsible company. A recent case in New Jersey showed that Pearson played a role in a chain of events that included monitoring students' social media accounts; more than 30,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Pearson end this practice.
Educators welcome legislation to repeal excise tax on high-cost health plans
WASHINGTON - April 28, 2015 -
The National Education Association today supported efforts to fix flaws in the Affordable Care Act that could disproportionally hurt women and older workers. Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives will make that fix by repealing an impending excise tax on high-cost health plans.
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Opportunities and support for students should not be held hostage by the governor.
Governor Cuomo has said that if a school district doesn't have a new APPR in place for its teachers and principals by November 15, 2015, students and schools will be denied any increase in school aid. Support for our students should NOT be held hostage.
Chancellor Merryl Tisch has definitively stated the need for an extension of the deadline for school districts to submit a new teacher evaluation plan until September 2016. The legislature must act now to ensure our students are protected.
Will you take AFT's anonymous survey on how the conditions at work affect your life?
Nearly every industrialized nation has studied the impact of work on the health and well-being of its labor force. But not even one comprehensive study has ever been done in the United States. As a result, we know very little about how the work environment affects educators and other school staff.
The American Federation of Teachers, one of NYSUT's national affiliates, has created a survey to find out how work impacts your health and well-being, and to help make the case for a thorough scientific study.
There's a lot of talk about how we can improve the school environment, but far too little about how we can improve the conditions on the job for educators and staff. We aim to change that.
This isn't a short survey; you should expect it to take about 20 minutes to complete (we recommend using a desktop or laptop).
But by joining thousands of other educators and school staff, you'll help us make the case for a major study on how the work environment affects the adults in our schools, and for the need for resources to support you on the job.
We know you care deeply about providing a high-quality school experience to the students you serve and we care just as deeply about the quality of our members' lives as workers, educators and citizens.
"By one tally of the 2014 filings, Cuomo racked up at least $800,000 in donations from 27 bankers, real estate executives, business executives, philanthropists and advocacy groups who have flocked to charter schools and other education causes in recent years.
The totals far exceed what the same group gave him for his first run in 2010: $136,000. The union, meanwhile, has donated one-quarter of the sum it gave Cuomo in 2010."
Randi: They're getting it right in D.C., but not so much in New York
In her latest column appearing in The New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten praises the promising action of the U.S. Senate committee that unanimously passed a bill to overhaul No Child Left Behind. The Senate's Every Child Achieves Act eliminates AYP and mandatory sanctions such as school closings and does not require states to maintain a teacher evaluation system. The proposal maintains funding equity.
The committee, she writes, listened to business leaders, community partners, civil rights activists, parents and educators -- including nearly 20,000 AFT members.
"Overwhelmingly, the message was: Instead of obsessing over test scores, let's give our students what they need to climb the ladder of opportunity and succeed." She contrasts that with what is happening In New York, where Gov. Cuomo is ramming through ideology as part of his budget and ignoring those closest to the classroom.
Tell legislators to support the rights of parents to have their children opt out of standardized testing
Go to the MAC to urge your lawmakers to support Assembly and state Senate legislation that provides parents the right to opt their child out of developmentally inappropriate exams, and prohibits harmful sit and stare policies.
The Assembly bill, which passed in the education committee this week, prevents retaliation or other negative actions that could be taken against a student, parent, teacher, principal or administrator, or school building or school district in response to a parent's decision to opt their child out of standardized assessments. The Senate bill is similar but separate and would require schools to inform parents of their right to opt out. It is important to let your lawmakers know you want them to act
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