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June 03, 2019

A West Virginia Bill Might Ban Teacher Strikes. How Much Would That Matter?

Legislation in the Mountaineer State would pack a one-two punch of permitting charter schools and banning teacher strikes. But ultimate success or failure and impact on local schools, remain unclear.

May 18, 2019

Bernie Sanders' Education Plan: Unions and Desegregation Win, Charters Lose

Bernie Sanders' sweeping vision would establish a $60,000 minimum salary for teachers, while clamping down on charters and boosting efforts to desegregate schools. It's hard to see a lot of it becoming a reality.

May 06, 2019

Kamala Harris Tells Teachers: 'We Are Not Paying You Your Value'

In March, the California senator and Democratic presidential candidate released a teacher pay proposal. She sought to build her support among educators at a May 6 American Federation of Teachers town hall.

January 31, 2019

Ex-Obama Adviser Who Championed Teacher Evaluations to Seek Senate Seat

Can a Democrat with a record of tying test scores to teacher evaluations win a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado? Mike Johnston, a former Obama campaign adviser, wants to find out.

July 13, 2018

Feds Should Create New $10,000 Tax Credit to Boost Teacher Pay, Progressive Group Says

The proposed tax credit would be targeted towards teachers who work in high-poverty schools, and it could mean up to a $190 raise per week for teachers

June 28, 2018

In Pushback to Janus Ruling, Democrats Tout Bill Affirming Union Power

Democrats in Congress sharply criticized the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this week that prohibits public sector unions from collecting "fair share" fees from workers.

November 09, 2017

Senate Tax Bill Ends Deductions for State and Local Taxes, Classroom Supplies

A national teachers' union says the House bill would jeopardize nearly $250 billion in education funding over the next decade, but the Senate bill could put even more pressure on revenue for schools.

February 17, 2017

Teachers' Unions Are Reaching Out to Betsy DeVos—With Mixed Results

The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association were major opponents of the new education secretary during her confirmation process, saying she would hurt public schools.

January 09, 2017

AFT President: Unqualified 'Ideologue' Betsy DeVos Could Undo ESSA Consensus

In a speech Monday, Randi Weingarten, head of the teachers' union, said President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary is unqualified to lead the Education Department.

July 28, 2016

AFT President: Under ESSA, Teaching, Not Accountability, Poised to Take the Lead

We caught up with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as she made the rounds.

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