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Court's decision turns back decades of voting progress

With its June 25 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, a narrow majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has rolled back the protections of a fundamental civil rights law that has preserved voting rights for millions of Americans, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.

Study shows no clear advantage for charter schools

A June 25 study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University show that students in charter schools perform about the same as students in the rest of public education.

International report shows value of investing in education

The latest "Education at a Glance" report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which highlights the crucial importance of education to counter the effects of the global recession on the employment prospects of young people, shows that nations get through economic crisis by investing in education, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.

AFT praises decision on race and diversity in admissions

The Supreme Court's June 24 ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin preserves past precedent that universities may consider race and ethnic diversity as one of many factors for admission.

2013 Legislative Summary

The 2013 Legislative Session held numerous victories.

State Union Coalition Hails Court Decision on Rowland Layoffs

After nearly a decade, the Second Circuit Court's opinion invalidating John Rowland's layoff of nearly 3,000 state employees is a tremendous victory for the free speech rights of all Americans. The court held that when a governor punishes people because of the group to whom they belong – whether it's a union or a political party, or a religion – he or she violates our Constitution's most cherished provisions.

Florida PSRPs convert outdoor space to reading classroom

Thanks to the initiative of classified school employees, reading achievement is going through the roof at a struggling elementary school in Florida.

New & Improved Retiree Payroll

The Office of the State Comptroller is pleased to announce that it recently upgraded the retirement state payroll system. 

How You Can Help the Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief

When Mother Nature strikes, the effects can be devastating to entire cities, towns and communities. That is what we saw with the tornados that hit Moore, Okla., on Monday. And as we have done so many times, we must mourn those we have lost while, at the same time, trying to put our communities back together.

Community Schools Bill Passes Legislature

The House of Representatives passed Community Schools Bill SB 1002 by a vote of 103-34. The Senate had previously passed the bill by a vote of 26-8. The legislation now goes on to Governor Malloy for his signature.

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