Report: CA 1 of 5 states without linking teacher reviews to learning
A report out this week from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) found that California is just one of five states that has no formal policy requiring that teacher evaluations be tied in some way to student achievement measures. The report — State of the States 2015: Evaluating Teaching, Leading and Learning — took a look...
By Craig Clough | November 5, 2015
Broad’s support of Clinton raising concerns within teacher unions
With his massive plan to enroll half of all LA Unified’s students into charter schools, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad is threatening major disruptions at LA Unified, cementing his role as Public Enemy No. 1 to many district and local union leaders. But Broad’s enduring support for public charter schools now appears to be contributing to...
By Craig Clough | October 1, 2015
Democrats respond in-depth to AFT candidate questionaries
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) came out swinging, and swinging hard, when it endorsed Hillary Clinton for president over the weekend. It was the first major union to endorse any candidate in either party, and the timing of the news seemed to come “at an opportune moment for Mrs. Clinton” just as she is...
By Craig Clough | July 14, 2015
AFT president Weingarten visits town to give LA teachers a boost
As the teachers union’s negotiations with LA Unified drag on, one of the nation’s leading voices for teachers appeared at an event last night hosted by district board member Steve Zimmer and made a strong case for union activity and solidarity. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, delivered a fire-and- brimstone-type address to...
By Vanessa Romo | February 5, 2015
Zimmer moderating UTLA panel discussion on union issues
UTLA, the LA Unified teachers union, is offering tonight an unvarnished public view of its bargaining position in negotiations with LA Unified for a new teachers contract. Board member Steve Zimmer is scheduled to moderate a panel discussion at Occidental College that includes UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and...
By LA School Report | February 4, 2015
UTLA, AFT demand apology for ‘misleading’ Time magazine cover
Time magazine is in hot water with United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and other teacher unions over what they say is an unfair and misleading cover. On its Facebook page, UTLA posted a link to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) online petition that calls for Time to “apologize to America’s teachers for the misleading and...
By Craig Clough | October 27, 2014
Weingarten pleads for ‘collaboration’ in Deasy aftermath
In a speech today in Buena Park, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, cited former LA Unified superintendent John Deasy as a failed example of school district management and argued for collaboration over fiat as the pathway to success in public education. “Collaboration is the vehicle that creates trust. It’s the vehicle that...
By LA School Report | October 22, 2014
Weingarten comes out swinging: attacking Vergara, Duncan
In a fiery speech delivered to her core constituents, Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers went on the assault today, taking on the verdict of the Vergara trial, criticizing Common Core testing and singling out political figures for reprimand. Striking a more combative tone than she used earlier this month when she...
By Vanessa Romo | July 11, 2014
At AFT convention, teachers union expected to fire up the base
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) kicks off its annual convention in downtown Los Angeles tomorrow bringing more 3,500 national union delegates to the home of LA Unified, the second largest school district in the country. On the agenda: fending off what the union sees as its biggest threats, including billionaire money, an assault on...
By Vanessa Romo | July 9, 2014
Mayoral Debate: Teachers Give to Garcetti Super PAC
The American Federation of Teachers and its California chapter, CFT, have just given a combined $60,000 to a super PAC named Lots of People Who Support Eric Garcetti for Mayor. Although UTLA, the local teachers union, endorsed Garcetti back in February, this is the first time a teachers union has spent any money on the 2013...
By Hillel Aron | May 7, 2013