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Weingarten: Seize the moment and reset policy through ESSA

AFT President Randi Weingarten told Senate lawmakers that the Every Student Succeeds Act enacted by Congress in December "gives us the opportunity for the reset needed to move from a test-and-sanction environment to one of support and improvement " in public schools, but that "states will need time to get it done and get it right."

School 'walk-ins' deliver a national wake-up call

Neighborhood by neighborhood, building by building, AFT members joined with parents, students and the community in 30 cities across the nation on Feb. 17 to hold an estimated 800 school "walk-ins"— bringing national attention to challenges facing public education and, equally important, to the community-generated, community-backed solutions and supports that could transform every public school into a building that every child deserves.

Detroit unions sue over deplorable school conditions

The Detroit Public Schools' fiscal and building conditions have left Detroit students, teachers and parents exposed to dangerous environments that will cause serious and irreparable harm to their health, safety and welfare, and to students' educational opportunities, according to a lawsuit filed by the Detroit Federation of Teachers, its affiliated state and national unions, and several parents.

Yearning to breathe free

In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, which came out the day before the nation celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the damage being done to our country by increasingly partisan rancor and bitter disagreements.

Education policies worthy of the name 'reform'

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about the potential of the new Every Student Succeeds Act to bring positive change to our public education system.

Every Student Succeeds Act ushers in sweeping changes

The signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act marks a new day in public education, says AFT President Randi Weingarten, who stood behind President Obama (along with other AFT leaders and members) at the White House as he signed the law.

AFT files amicus brief in 'Friedrichs' case

The AFT along with the American Association of University Professors, filed an amicus curiae brief in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case threatens to make it harder for working people to join together and speak out together.

Message to My Fellow Execs: Raise Wages!

In early 2014, President Barack Obama paid a visit to a local Costco. He wasn’t there to get a good deal on tires or a big-screen TV but to use Costco as a platform to advocate a higher minimum wage. That’s because the retail giant (where I am lead director) has proved that businesses can perform better by paying more. Costco pays some of the highest wages in retail—almost twice the minimum wage.

And guess what, it’s doing great. At a time when debate over raising the minimum wage is front and center, I have a message for my colleagues in business: We are missing the boat. Knee-jerk opposition is wrong, because as I have seen at Costco and other companies, raising wages will be good for business.

There are three key reasons. First, it will accelerate growth of the economy. Second, it will increase labor productivity. And third, it will reduce government support payments and the pressure to raise taxes on business.