AFT No Longer a Major Player in Reform Arena
Focus of union changed with loss of leaders and shift in nation's political climate.
The American Federation of Teachers has changed.
The union itself insists it is still very much on the path blazed by Albert Shanker, the AFT’s late, legendary president, under whom it forged a happy marriage between its labor agenda and education reform.
But in a political arena that has, for over a decade, been dominated by Republicans and the mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, change has been inevitable for the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union which, like other labor groups, tends to heavily back, and...
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