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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AFT files amicus brief in 'Friedrichs' case

The AFT along with the American Association of University Professors, filed an amicus curiae brief in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case threatens to make it harder for working people to join together and speak out together.

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At TRS town hall, teacher union calls for catch-up increases in state health-care funding for school employees and retirees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2015

At TRS town hall, teacher union calls for catch-up increases in state health-care funding for school employees and retirees

The Texas Teacher Retirement System Board of Trustees is holding a Town Hall meeting today to gather input and answer questions on TRS health-care plans, and Texas AFT plans to address the board with testimony about the need for the state to step up and adequately fund health care for public school employees.

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'American Educator' spotlights community schools

In the new issue of American Educator, Martin J. Blank and Lisa Villarreal explain how more than 150 communities across the country have established community schools to reduce chronic absences due to poor health, decrease disciplinary issues and truancy rates, increase family engagement, expand educational opportunity, and ultimately improve teaching and learning.

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