AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.
In her September New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten says that going back to school has never looked like it does now. Weingarten explains that because of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has been chaotic, contradictory and inept, and the lack of federal guidance and funding, we’re seeing a patchwork of school reopening plans across the country.
International teacher study offers lessons for U.S. schools
For Immediate Release:
Jan. 31, 2014
Atlanta Teachers Honored for Heroic Effort During Storm
Scores Stayed Overnight in Schools to Ensure Their Students’ Safety
ATLANTA--Whether they are digging into their own pockets to buy school supplies or making sure their students have enough to eat, teachers in Atlanta and throughout Georgia go the extra mile for the children they teach. So it wasn’t surprising that during the recent storm, scores of teachers remained in schools overnight to ensure that stranded students were safe.
Our public schools represent our nation’s commitment to helping all children dream their dreams and achieve them. A high-quality public education for all children is an economic necessity, an anchor of democracy, a moral imperative and a fundamental civil right, without which none of our other rights can be fully realized.