AFTPA joins National Day of Action for Education

AFT Pennsylvania is joining a National Day of Action on Thursday, January 19, 2017, to demand that the new administration adopt a positive agenda for public education, for students and for those of us who work tirelessly to educate children.

Scholarships for AFTPA families

Applications are being accepted from AFT Pennsylvania members and their families for union scholarship programs, which award up to $8,000 to eligible students. The PA AFL-CIO and Union Plus scholarship program applications are due Jan. 31, 2017, and AFT's Robert G. Porter Scholarship applications are due March 31, 2017. 

CCP Local co-sponsors forum on supporting immigrant students

The Faculty & Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia, AFT Local 2026, is co-sponsoring a community forum to discuss ways to support immigrant students and families at 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Community College of Philadelphia.

Other sponsors include United Voices for Philly, Councilwoman Helen Gym, and others.

Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

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.

AFT President Weingarten on nomination of Betsy DeVos as US Education Secretary

In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education, AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement: "The president-elect...has chosen the most ideological, anti-public education nominee put forward since President Carter created a Cabinet-level Department of Education."