AFT Dues Increases Will Support Legal Defense Funds

AFT raises its dues; some of the new money will be put towards defense efforts.

A Deep Dive Into the AFT's Spending Patterns

Your guide to how the American Federation of Teachers spent some $335 million in 2012-13.

Will AFT Call For Sec. Duncan's Removal?

So far, it isn't clear whether the AFT will pass a similar resolution, but efforts are underway.

AFT Membership Rises to 1.6M; Growth Mostly In Non-K-12 Categories

AFT posts new membership numbers, increasing to 1.6 million members.

AFT Will Award Grants to Help Affiliates Revise, Critique Common Core

AFT Innovation Fund grants will be awarded to affiliates to "critique and analyze the current standards, and/or review and comment on the research behind them."

Democrats to Announce New Political Organization Focused on Education

AFT President Randi Weingarten is expected to unveil the new group in a speech at today's union convention.

What's on Tap for the 2014 AFT Convention

As the American Federation of Teachers' convention begins, Teacher Beat gives you a few tidbits to watch.

NEA Strengthens Opposition to Tests in Teacher Evaluation

The National Education Association adopted policy formally proscribing the use of standardized tests in teachers' evaluations--a stronger stance than just three years earlier.

Ed. Dept. Says States Must Update Teacher-Distribution Plans

The Education Department wants states to re-submit "equity plans" to ensure that effective teachers are matched with disadvantaged and minority students.

NEA Delegates Tackle State Takeover, National-Board Certification, and ... Breastfeeding?

The NEA voted to call for a moratorium on state takeovers of school districts, and on a myriad of other topics--not all related to education.

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