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Nation’s First Teachers’ Strike at Charter Network Begins in Chicago

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has hailed the first large strike by teachers at Chicago charter schools. Charter schools are operated by private entities but funded by public school budgets, draining funds from other public schools. But Weingarten says the charters must be organized. “‘This activism is contagious,'' said Weingarten. After “a couple of decades of being the shiny new object,” she said, the charter school movement is experiencing an adolescence. “They are now in a different generation,” she added. “They're going through growing pains, and what you're seeing in a bunch of the different charter schools is that teachers are saying we want to make a career helping kids in this structure, but we need to have the conditions kids need and the pay we need.”

Source: www.nytimes.com

Teachers has come out strongly against the privatization

The El Paso Texas American Federation of Teachers has come out strongly against the privatization of the El Paso Independent School District and against crony contracting. “Please understand there is an extensive E-Mail trail in possession of EP AFT spanning almost five years documenting his secret efforts to privatize EPISD and its schools with KIPP, IDEA, DSST, The Texas District Charter Alliance, the School Empowerment Network, the Gates Foundation, Tom Vander Ark, Michael Feinberg, the System of Great Schools, Scott Himelstein, Ms. Fenenbock and others. Please understand that as Mr. Cabrera was in heavy negotiations with KIPP to contract out EPISD Schools, he was looking myself, Louis Malfaro, Texas AFT President, and Randi Weingarten, AFT President in the eye denying he was going to do that.”

AFT and Puerto Rican unions agree to historic affiliation

The 40,000-member teachers union of Puerto Rico signs an historic agreement to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers to help “fight against austerity and privatization.” Prior to the agreement, “the AFT and AMPR worked together for months to oppose the PROMESA control board’s attacks on public education and to expose the role of hedge funds in the crisis. Joint trainings have been held to improve communications and member engagement. Separately, the AFT has been assisting AMPR with Puerto Rico bankruptcy issues.”

Source: American Federation of Teachers