At least eight school bus drivers in Clay County, Fla., volunteered a whole Saturday earlier this fall to drive busloads of families from their schools to a First Book distribution of 40,000 free new books.
The cover story of the Winter 2017-2018 issue of American Educator tells the story of a union-led effort in Hammond, Ind., that seeks to convince a growing Hispanic population that—in schools at least—families have nothing to fear.
AFT members joined throngs of undocumented immigrants, immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status and temporary protected status, and their thousands of allies, on Capitol Hill to demand that Congress pass a "clean" Dream Act—that is, one that's unencumbered by reciprocal requirements such as funding a wall on the Mexican border or increasing enforcement—to provide a pathway to legal status for undocumented youth and immigrants.
With the U.S. Senate set to vote on its version of tax reform—more aptly known as #goptaxscam—AFT leaders and activists were out in force across the country on Nov. 29 for a day of action to urge members of Congress to vote no.
Tax reform is a huge priority for the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress, but there's not a lot to like about the GOP tax proposal, especially when it's clear that the wealthy and big corporations will get most of the benefits and the middle class will get stuck footing the bill.
Hundreds of black educators inspired one another with pledges to excellence, and shared tools to help their students achieve it, at the National Alliance of Black School Educators annual conference, celebrating the core message of the gathering: Black educators are key to the success of new generations of students who need the experience, example and discipline they can offer.