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.

NEA Delegates Question Corporate Partnerships

Members of NEA appear to be concerned about the union's partnerships with corporations.

NEA Calls for Secretary Duncan's Resignation

In a surprising vote at the Representative Assembly on July 4, delegates passed a new business item calling for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to resign.

NEA Election Results Are In: Garcia Wins Presidency

With 94 percent of the vote going her way, Lily Eskelsen Garcia was elected president of the National Education Association today at the union's convention.

New Business at NEA: Accountability and the Common Core

At the NEA's Representative Assembly, delegates passed a series of notable new business items on issues including testing, accountability, and the common-core standards.

In Final Keynote, Van Roekel Attacks Education-Reform Trajectory

Dennis Van Roekel says today's reform efforts aren't working, are too test-dependent, and that there are more productive ways to boost teacher quality.

A Deep Dive Into NEA's Spending Patterns

A guide to how the National Education Association spent more than $340 million in dues revenue in 2012-13.

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