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Delegates cheer before the start of the National Education Association’s presidential forum on July 5 in Houston. The forum took place during the teachers’ union’s four-day annual convention.
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Teachers' Union Delegates Commit to Social Justice, Beating Trump

Last year’s Supreme Court ruling, which led to a slight decrease in membership, was barely mentioned at the annual gathering. The delegates did, however, vote to take more progressive stances on issues such as abortion. (July 11, 2019)


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April 28, 2020 – Education Week
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March 25, 2020 – Education Week
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February 26, 2020 – Education Week
The American Federation of Teachers called on the Trump administration to provide guidance to schools on how to respond to the growing threat of coronavirus, which has killed more than 900 people and sickened more than 40,000, most in China.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
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