What a difference a vote makes

Just one vote. That was all it took to make the difference in the primary on August 14.

AFT members honored as 'Champions of Change'

Three AFT members were honored as "School Turnaround Champions of Change" at the White House on Aug. 21. The honorees are David Cicarella, president of the New Haven Federation of Teachers; Kristen Hayes, an art teacher at Savoy Elementary School in Washington, D.C.; and Edward Wiest, a math teacher at Plenty Coups High School on the Crow Reservation in Pryor, Mont.

Justice for paraprofessionals at last

IB ImageSchool paraprofessionals in Connecticut achieved long overdue rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law Public Act 12-43 during a ceremony Aug. 3 at the State Capitol.

House Republicans Vote to Keep Bush Tax Cuts for the Richest 2%

In a reverse of last week’s Senate action, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved (256-171) a bill (H.R. 8) to extend the Bush tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest 2%— about $160,000 a year for the average millionaire. The House defeated (257-170) a Democratic alternative amendment to maintain the cuts for the middle class but end the tax breaks for the rich.

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