An end to suspensions of toddlers and young children, in place for nearly a year now, is helping the littlest students thrive in Austin, Texas, says an AFT activist who led her union's drive for the ban.
In late January and early February, the AFT and its affiliate the United Federation of Teachers held student debt clinics in each of the five boroughs of New York City, guiding some 1,000 people toward relief from the weight of their student loans.
Two essential ingredients are missing from the infrastructure plan outlined by the president in his State of the Union address: First, he didn't mention funding for school construction, which is desperately needed as the nation's schools remain long overdue for repairs. And second, he didn't explain how the plan's costs would be covered.
In light of national attention this month on Baltimore students trying to get their schoolwork done in freezing classrooms, it escaped almost everyone's notice that state workers in Baltimore also were shivering at their desks.
The AFT is standing in solidarity with members and allies of the Baltimore Teachers Union, who during this week of frigid weather called on the city to close schools in the face of chronic heating problems that plunged indoor temperatures into the 30s and 40s.