AFT effort will ‘reclaim the promise

San Antonio AllianceUncategorized

In her keynote address to the 2013 AFT TEACH Conference, AFT president Randi Weingarten laid a bold marker in the “education wars” that have resulted in frustration and fatigue over competing theories of reform. These competing reforms have made a lot of noise but not the progress communities want to provide all children with the education they need and deserve.

Speaking July 22 to nearly 3,000 educators attending TEACH, the AFT’s largest gathering of educators focused on their professional practice and growth, Weingarten noted that the aspiration of a great public education for every child has never been totally fulfilled, which some have used as an excuse to abandon that aspiration and “to deep-six the entire franchise.” She called on educators to join with parents and community partners throughout the country in an effort to reclaim the promise of public education and, in so doing, to fulfill our collective responsibility to enable individual opportunity for all children. Read More