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'Harris' decision makes things worse for working families

While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the importance of collective bargaining and unions to families and communities in its ruling in Harris v. Quinn, let's be clear that working people, who have aspired to the middle class and tried to make a better life for their families, have taken it on the chin for years, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

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International teacher study offers lessons for U.S. schools

Findings from the 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) of middle school teachers present a stark contrast between how teachers in the United States are treated compared with the working conditions of their counterparts in top-performing countries.

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Moving from 'test and punish' to 'support and improve'

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about how two events last week—one in California and one in Washington, D.C.—show sharply different approaches toward the challenge of ensure that all children have access to high-quality public education.

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Weingarten and Pechthalt discuss 'Vergara' decision

In a message to members following the June 10 court decision inVergara v. California, AFT President Randi Weingarten and California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt discuss the ramifications of the ruling and what the AFT is doing to fight back. They also are urging AFT members to sign a thank you card to California teachers to let them know you honor their commitment and courage.

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Pittsburgh results show value of solid evaluation system

Teacher evaluation results from the Pittsburgh Public Schools, where the vast majority of teachers were rated distinguished or advanced, show what is possible when teachers, unions and the district work together on an evaluation system focused on helping teachers improve, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

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Senate scrutinizes student loan servicers

Twelve-year teaching veteran Robert Geremia, a social studies teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., who has attained the status of "highly effective teacher," told U.S. senators about how his financial life has been put on hold as a result of the loans he had to take to attend graduate school and better serve his students.

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'American Educator' explores early learning

In the cover story of the Summer 2014 issue of American Educator, Susan B. Neuman and Tanya S. Wright examine the research showing that certain practices for teaching vocabulary, such as making connections among words and repeatedly exposing students to content-related words, can accelerate young children's oral vocabulary development, regardless of family income.

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Outsourcing public jobs results in a race to the bottom

A new report from In the Public Interest looks at what happens to communities, and to the quality of life of the workers who provide important public services, when those services are outsourced to for-profit and other private entities.

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