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Recently, some phone scams have surfaced targeting seniors.  In one the caller identifies themselves as an IRS agent.  Remember—the IRS never calls, they communicate by mail.  Never give out social security numbers or bank information even if the caller is using IRS ID numbers and official sounding titles.  If you get a call like this, hang up and call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-8477.  All calls are kept anonymous.

Another phone scam concerns phone calls “regarding your pension.”  These are similar to the IRS phone scams.  The Freedom of Information Law that stated that pension information is


International teacher study offers lessons for U.S. schools


Findings from the 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) of middle school teachers present a stark contrast between how teachers in the United States are treated compared with the working conditions of their counterparts in top-performing countries. The report comes from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

"TALIS is an opportunity for teachers to weigh in on what's needed to help students succeed across the world." AFT President Randi Weingarten says. "What is striking is that teachers in the top


Source: 11 Alive (WXIA - NBC)

Click here to view video of the investigative report: Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort

The Georgia Legislature has a message for voters: don’t ask us about our meetings with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors. WXIA


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WXIA) – The Georgia Legislature has a message for voters: don't ask us about our meetings with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors.

The 11Alive Investigators


AFT members - active and retired - are encouraged to volunteer after school and on weekends during the fall election cycle for union phone banks, labor walks and literature distributions. Click here to sign up to volunteer or keep reading to find out how you can get involved...


For Immediate Release:
Jan. 31, 2014

Verdaillia Turner
(404) 315-0222

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.

It’s time to reclaim the promise of public education – not as it is today or as in the past, but as we imagine it for our children – to fulfill our collective obligation to help all children succeed.

Reclaiming the promise is about fighting for neighborhood public schools that