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ASI report shows decline in number of black teachers

The Albert Shanker Institute has released a major report on the state of teacher diversity which shows that, nationally, progress toward greater diversity is being made, but it is quite modest compared with the need for more minority teachers.

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AFT looks at effective teacher development, evaluation

A new AFT report finds that teacher development and evaluation systems that are co-designed by teachers; based on agreed-upon teaching standards; assessed in multiple ways; and supported with ongoing training for teachers and evaluators alike are an effective strategy for teachers, administrators and students.

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AFT builds sepsis awareness

September is Sepsis Awareness Month, and as part of a campaign to educate people about the condition, the Rory Staunton Foundation held its second annual National Forum in Washington, D.C. The AFT is part of the awareness effort.

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Obama, Weingarten in new push for free community college

President Obama announced that his America's College Promise proposal, a guarantee of two years of free community college for any qualified student, is now backed by a new College Promise campaign and an advisory board of 32 education advocates—including AFT President Randi Weingarten.

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On Labor Day, we honor all of our members

Our union is our members, and on this Labor Day weekend, I couldn't be prouder of the 1.6 million hardworking nurses, teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty and public employees who work day in and day out to teach our kids, keep our families healthy and improve our communities, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

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Member activism keeps hundreds of PSRPs on the job

Faced with the threat of widespread layoffs of PSRPs, members of the Jefferson County AFT in Alabama responded by coming up with a plan that not only preserved the jobs of all the workers, but also laid the groundwork for well-earned raises.

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Six steps to debt-free college

The number of debt-free college plans beginning to circulate can be confusing, but the core message is simple: Higher education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and without the cost of crippling debt.

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Court decision threatens America's working families

The leaders of five major unions issued a statement expressing their disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, that challenges fees non-union members pay.

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To improve patient care, nurses need to tell their stories

Suzanne Gordon believes that healthcare unions save lives. She became convinced of this during a recent hospital stay. Gordon recounted that experience to attendees at the AFT Nurses and Health Professionals Issues Conference and National Federation of Nurses Annual Labor Academy, held in Chicago, May 20-22. “As nurses and health professionals, your job is to keep patients safe.

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