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."
AFT President Randi Weingarten is expected to unveil the new group in a speech at today's union convention.
As the American Federation of Teachers' convention begins, Teacher Beat gives you a few tidbits to watch.
The National Education Association adopted policy formally proscribing the use of standardized tests in teachers' evaluations--a stronger stance than just three years earlier.
The Education Department wants states to re-submit "equity plans" to ensure that effective teachers are matched with disadvantaged and minority students.
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.
Members of NEA appear to be concerned about the union's partnerships with corporations.
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.
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.
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.