West Virginia Needs Our Support/UPDATE: Strike Settled

AFT Leaders on Proposed Deal to End West Virginia Teacher Strike, AFT, March 6.

West Virginia teachers win 5% pay raise as massive strike comes to an end, Matt Pearce, LA Times, March 6.

Fed-Up Teachers Take Heart From West Virginia Strike, Steven Greenhouse, NY Times March 7.

West Virginia education workers are united as the strike for a fair contract continues.…

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‘Why’ We Teach and ‘How’ To Reach Students: Peer-led Sessions Engage Educators

Teachers from the Garfield, Newark, North Bergen and Perth Amboy districts in New Jersey met with their peers from classrooms in Ohio, Texas and AFT national staff trainers to discuss current topics in education Nov. 9 and 10 in Woodbridge. Approximately 50 teachers attended the sessions, which included sessions on managing classroom behavior, early childhood education and strategies for working with English language learners.…

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Tell Your Representative: Don’t Raise My Taxes to Give to Millionaires

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Did you know that 80% of the tax cuts in the GOP bill (which may be voted on Thursday) go to the top 1% over the next decade? Tell your congressional representative to vote against the bill and stand with working families in his district.

Public services that benefit all citizens including education, public safety, public health services and infrastructure projects which will suffer if millionaires evade paying their fair share.…

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AFT on NJ Governor’s Race

WASHINGTON—AFT President Randi Weingarten on the New Jersey governor’s race:

“Tonight’s victory represents new hope and new opportunity for the people of New Jersey. For far too long, the governor’s office has been occupied by a blustering bully who disrespected educators, nurses and working people. Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver are a breath of fresh air: They respect and value the work and voice of educators and believe in the promise of public education for all children.…

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