Community Engagement

Toward Racial Equity

More than 30 diverse member leaders from local unions across the country last month gathered in June for the first meeting of AFT’s Racial Equity Task Force. They met in Baltimore, where less than two months earlier six police officers were arrested on charges related to the mysterious injuries that killed 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody.
 

New Leadership to Carry On "Solution Driven Unionism"

Rocky Hill - New officers chosen to serve AFT Connecticut through 2017 have taken office and recommitted the statewide labor organization's ongoing community engagement, worker organizing, collective bargaining and political activism efforts. Delegates representing affiliated local unions in May elected the federation's president, executive vice president, first vice president, secretary/treasurer and 22 vice presidents for two-year terms effective today.
 

Bipartisan ESEA Bill: A Step Forward

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization proposal announced this week shows that, even in the current climate, it's possible to find common ground by listening to teachers, parents and other voices in education. U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) -- the chair and the ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee -- on Tuesday unveiled a bipartisan bill reauthorizing the law, known in its current form as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
 
Click here for a bill summary from the HELP Committee.
 

Norwalk Literacy Program Wins Wide Acclaim

A program to help parents foster literacy and numeracy skills in PreK-2 students earlier this month debuted a new module in the auditorium of a Norwalk elementary school. The event left no doubt that this educator-designed training has won solid support throughout the community and done it in less than a year.
 
Click here for press coverage of the event.
 

Clinton Initiative Praises Union Pension Investments

Our AFT national president last week had a unique opportunity to share the positive impact that union pension fund investments are having on rebuilding the nation's infrastructure at the winter meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). There she also discussed the AFT's work in areas such as career and technical education (CTE) and rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
 
Click here to watch video of the meeting's plenary session.
 

AFT Organizes First Forum on Racial Justice

Public school and college support staff union leaders from around the country earlier this month gathered to engage in a formative discussion on how to close the opportunity gap for American men and boys of color. The town hall-style event in Orlando was attended by members of AFT's national Paraprofessionals & School-Related Personnel (PSRP) Program and Policy Council (PPC), which includes local leaders from Connecticut.
 

Together, Let's Give Back this Holiday Season

The holidays are a time to give back; a time for all of us to come together to make a difference in our communities. This holiday season, sign our AFT holiday card and we'll make a donation on your behalf to organizations that help keep kids healthy and happy.
 
Click here to sign on to the campaign.
 

More than 100,000 Petition Signatures Delivered to Time

AFT President Randi Weingarten yesterday joined parents and teachers at the Time-Life Building in New York City to deliver more than 100,000 petition signatures to Time magazine. The petition asked the editors to apologize for its misleading November 3 cover, which casts teachers as "rotten apples" needing to be smashed by Silicon Valley millionaires with no experience in education.
 
Click here to watch brief video of the petition delivery.
 

Coalition of Teachers, Parents and Education Leaders Release New Accountability Framework

A broad-based group of organizations today released "A New Social Compact for American Education" -- a groundbreaking rethinking of accountability that replaces the current paradigm of "test and punish" with a focus on what is needed to support and improve teaching and learning.
 
Click here to learn more about the new framework at the coalition's website.
 

Turning Up the Heat to "Reclaim the Planet"

The sense of doom that motivated an estimated 310,000 people to converge on the Upper West Side of New York City on Sunday for the People's Climate March did not dampen their hope and optimism for a vision of a green future. Swelling the crowd were hundreds of AFT members and thousands of trade unionists from the more than 70 labor organizations that were co-sponsors of the day's events.
 
Click here to watch a brief video on the historic event.
 
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