From districts large and small, teachers are on the front lines of the education debate and AFT MA is here to offer information, advice and support so that they can all do their jobs with courage and confidence.
The 2018 budget proposal "takes a meat cleaver to public education" and ignores promised investments in the types of skills, training and other vital family supports that Trump rode to the White House in 2016, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted 9 to 1 at its Feb. 28 meeting to approve Commissioner Mitchell Chester’s recommendations to amend the educator evaluation regulations, despite objections to a core component of the changes from AFT Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA).
In July 2007 the State Legislature enacted a provision to allow municipalities and regional school districts entry into the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) in response to the escalating costs of healthcare premiums.
In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.
In less than two years, 500,000 teachers, parents and others have used Share My Lesson, posting, downloading and rating classroom lessons and other teaching materials—making it the most sought-after, free online collection of lesson plans and other instructional resources.
The National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education brought together thousands of educators, parents, students and community members who attended more than 100 events around the country, despite challenging weather conditions in many locations.