AFT President Randi Weingarten and Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, were met with locked doors at the U.S. Education Department on Feb. 8 when they attempted to deliver more than 80,000 report cards grading Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on her first year in office.
Billionaire Charles Koch and his allies are pouring money into a massive campaign to transform education in the United States from a fundamental right to a commodity.
Puerto Rico’s governor announced on Feb. 5 that he will pursue school privatization policies as the island continues to suffer from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
AFT Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas told her story, about what Wisconsin public school educators gave up when they lost collective bargaining rights, at a series of meetings with classroom teachers, UFT staff and press and at a packed Delegate Assembly during a recent two-day visit.
Testifying in Albany on the governor’s proposed budget on Jan. 31, UFT President Michael Mulgrew called on state lawmakers to boost foundation aid for public schools in the face of fiscal threats from the federal government.
Brooklyn Collegiate was pronounced “dead” in early January as one of 14 low-performing schools the Department of Education said it would close this coming June. But the Brooklyn Collegiate community, with the support of the UFT, joined together and convinced the DOE to give the Brownsville high school another chance — at least for another year.