Unions

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten prepares to cross the border into Ukraine on Oct. 10.
Randi Weingarten visited Ukraine on Oct. 10—the day Russian missiles slammed into Lviv, Kyiv, and other cities.
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International In Their Own Words What a Teachers' Union Leader Saw in Ukraine
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten was in the country just after widespread air strikes from Russia.
Madeline Will, October 12, 2022
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Teaching Profession With New Grants, Teachers' Union Doubles Down on Partnerships With Parents
The American Federation of Teachers will invest $1.5 million in parent outreach—a counterweight to conservatives' parents'-rights narrative.
Madeline Will, September 29, 2022
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Teachers from Seattle Public Schools picket outside Roosevelt High School on what was supposed to be the first day of classes, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Seattle. The first day of classes at Seattle Public Schools was cancelled and teachers are on strike over issues that include pay, mental health support, and staffing ratios for special education and multilingual students.
Teachers from Seattle Public Schools picket outside Roosevelt High School on Sept. 7. Teachers went on strike over issues that include pay, mental health support, and staffing ratios for special education and multilingual students.
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Teaching Profession Q&A Why Teachers Are Going on Strike This Fall—and What Could Come Next
A labor expert explains what's driving the recent teacher strikes.
Madeline Will, September 19, 2022
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Teaching Profession Most Americans Support Raising Teacher Pay. But There's a Partisan Rift
Public support for teacher pay raises is at its highest level in at least 15 years, an Education Next survey found.
Madeline Will, August 16, 2022
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Teaching Profession How to Solve Teacher Shortages, and 3 Other Takeaways From the AFT Convention
From testing and community schools to safety and climate change, the union's delegates tackled a ton of education and policy challenges.
Madeline Will, July 19, 2022
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Randi Weingarten speaks during March for Our Lives 2022 on June 11, 2022 in Washington, DC.
Randi Weingarten speaks during March for Our Lives 2022 on June 11, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Teaching Profession AFT Head Randi Weingarten to Conservatives: Stop Politicizing Education and Let Teachers Teach
Far-right activists are manufacturing cultural controversies and detracting from efforts to catch students up, the union president says.
Madeline Will, July 18, 2022
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Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg speaks to the crowd during in the second March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control on Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Washington. The rally is a successor to the 2018 march organized by student protestors after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.
Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg speaks to the crowd during the second March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control on June 11 in Washington.
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School Climate & Safety Teachers and Students Must Join Forces to Fight Gun Violence, Advocates Say
Student activist David Hogg was among those who called for educators to join in the fight for gun control.
Madeline Will, July 16, 2022
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First Lady Jill Biden speaks during the American Federation of Teachers convention, Friday, July 15, 2022, in Boston.
First lady Jill Biden speaks during the American Federation of Teachers convention in Boston.
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Federal Use Your 'Teacher Voice,' Jill Biden Urges in a Push for Political Activism
Voting in the midterms is a critical step educators can take to bolster democracy, the first lady and other labor leaders told teachers.
Madeline Will, July 15, 2022
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Teaching Profession Abortion, Anti-LGBTQ Bills, and Safe Schools: 5 Things to Know From NEA's Annual Assembly
Here's your cheat sheet on the union's budget and membership—and how members voted on new directives.
Madeline Will, July 7, 2022
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NEA President Becky Pringle speaks on the second day of the 2021 NEA Convention in Denver.
National Education Association President Becky Pringle addresses the NEA representative assembly in 2021.
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Teaching Profession School Safety, Morale, and Filling Shortages: NEA President Dishes on What’s Next For Teachers
Becky Pringle takes EdWeek's questions about the union's safety policies, teacher shortages, and why it moved its conference out of Texas.
Madeline Will, July 6, 2022
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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an event in New Orleans, Saturday, July 2, 2022.
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an event in New Orleans, Saturday, July 2, 2022.
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Teaching Profession You Shouldn't Have to Treat Gunshot Wounds, Kamala Harris Tells Teachers
The vice president also unveiled a new tutoring initiative and underscored the administration's goal of higher pay for teachers.
Madeline Will, July 5, 2022
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School Climate & Safety Nation's Largest Teachers’ Union Calls for Curbs on School Policing
But the National Education Association stopped short of urging the removal of school resource officers from campuses.
Madeline Will, July 5, 2022
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The "Abbott Elementary" cast, including Tyler James Williams (far left) and Sheryl Lee Ralph (third from right), stand together during a scene from the show.
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Teaching Profession Teaching Is Hard. Take a Break, 'Abbott Elementary' Stars Urge Teachers
Tyler James Williams and Sheryl Lee Ralph, stars of the ABC workplace sitcom, thanked teachers for "getting the job done."
Madeline Will, July 3, 2022
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The Supreme Court in Washington, Dec. 3, 2021. The Supreme Court has turned away a plea from parents to block a new admissions policy at a prestigious high school in northern Virginia that a lower court had found discriminates against Asian American students.
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Dec. 3, 2021.
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Law & Courts Conservatives’ Checklist: U.S. Supreme Court Education Decisions to Overrule
Here are five education issues that could be targets for reconsideration if Roe v. Wade falls.
Mark Walsh, May 11, 2022
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