By Julie Carson and Matthew Kogan, Teachers, United Teachers Los Angeles (group affiliation added for identification purposes only; this is not an official communication of UTLA) The standing room only crowd at the AFT convention’s Social Movement Unionism vs. Corporation “Reform” panel discussion held earlier this month demonstrated that many union members are hungry to […]
I am an activist and organizer who recently joined the fight against “education reform,” which is really code for the attempt by corporations, billionaires and hedge funds and the industry they have spawned, to privatize public education and break the teachers unions. I have been frustrated at the seeming lack of interest on the part […]
The American Federation of Teachers and forty business and community groups come together to support students who attend schools in rural high-poverty areas, like McDowell County, West Virginia. This is a vision of transformational public education where the whole child — no matter how hungry, homeless, or deprived of enrichment at home — comes to school fed, clothed, stimulated, and ready to learn.