Vaishali Honawar has been in the news business for nearly 20 years. She covers the teacher beat for Education Week. (NEA & AFT: Live From the Conventions ceased publishing in August 2008.)
Education Delegates Say Yes to Peer Review
Delegates also voted this morning to support a resolution urging all locals to consider peer-review and -assistance programs. The union's Toledo affiliate pioneered this program 27 years ago, and Fran Lawrence, the local's president, said there exists strong consensus among teachers in favor of it.
Education AFT Hikes Dues
AFT delegates this morning approved a dues increase, partly to pay for the union's Solidarity Fund that fights local efforts to cut public education funding and teacher benefits. Locals will now pay $15.35 instead of $14.70 per member, and the amount will increase to $16 per member the following year.
Education Trouble at AFT's Chicago Local
This might not have been the best time for the AFT to go to Chicago. Even as the biennial convention is being held here, in what was the birthplace of the national union, there is a kettle of fish smelling up the local AFT affiliate led by president Marilyn Stewart.
Education McElroy Lauds Change
Ed McElroy sought to lay to rest perceptions that he has not been a reform-friendly leader of the nation's more progressive teachers' union in his keynote address this afternoon, saying he has continued in the "forthright tradition" of former leaders of the union, Al Shanker and Sandy Feldman.
Education Historic Year for AFT
The countdown has begun for the AFT convention that opens in Chicago Friday with a keynote speech from outgoing President Ed McElroy. Delegates are also expected to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, who is scheduled to speak to the 3,000 delegates via live satellite feed Sunday. Hillary Clinton, the union's first choice for president before she pulled out of the race, plans to be there in person Saturday.
Education The Odd, the Offbeat, and the Unpredictable
At the NEA's four-day Representative Assembly this year, delegates went through 83 new business items and a generous number of amendments and resolutions. Subjects ranged from research on dropout prevention and doubling the number of NEA cyber-lobbyists to Domino’s Pizza chain CEO David Brandon's support for merit pay and outsourcing.