Bridging Into The FutureMore
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT president Randi Weingarten writes about the promise—and the possible pitfalls—of the new Common Core State Standards. If implemented properly—namely, by ensuring that frontline educators are prepared to teach these rigorous new standards—we can provide all children with the problem-solving, critical-thinking and teamwork skills they need to compete in today’s changing world. If not, they will end up in the dustbin of abandoned reforms. Read her full column.
The leaders of two labor organizations representing healthcare professionals announced on Feb. 14 that they have approved an affiliation agreement that will bring 34,000 registered nurses into the AFT, the largest union of professionals in the AFL-CIO.
The AFT has launched the second phase of its campaign against excessive testing, Learning Is More Than a Test Score, which will include a policy agenda that takes into account what we learn from teachers, parents and others.
Congratulations to the newly-elected AFT-WV officers and executive board members! Convention delegates elected the following leaders on October 20, 2012:
Judy Hale, President
Christine Campbell, President-elect (Pocahontas Co.)
Stacey Strawderman, Vice-president (Marion Co.)
Beth Kitzmiller, Secretary (Webster Co.) ; and
Greg Merritt, Treasurer (Wood Co.)
Elected as Executive Board Members-at-Large were:
WASHINGTON—Reconnecting McDowell has received an impressive list of financial contributions, services and programs since the public-private partnership was launched nearly a year ago to revitalize McDowell County schools and communities, but one of the most surprising and heartfelt gifts came out of the blue this month.