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Trump's budget takes a meat cleaver to public education

The 2018 budget proposal released by the White House on March 16 "takes a meat cleaver to public education" and ignores promised investments in the types of skills, training and other vital family supports that Trump rode to the White House in 2016, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.


The need for seniority

Seniority has less to do with teacher placements and promotions and has everything to do with fairness and objectivity in hiring decisions, says Lisa Haver, a retired Philadelphia teacher and active PFT member, in a recent op-ed in the Philadelphia Daily News.  

Protesters Demand: Fund Philly Schools

It was an awe-inspiring sight in Philadelphia Thursday (Aug. 22) as thousands of students, parents, teachers and school staff clad in iconic red T-shirts marched from Comcast headquarters and around City Hall to rally outside school district headquarters for full, fair and sustainable funding for public schools.


AFTPA 2013 Convention Tackles Funding, Pensions

SCRANTON – (June 30, 2013) – AFT Pennsylvania convention delegates voted to expand  its campaign to save Pennsylvania’s public schools, colleges and universities and engage and mobilize not only its members, but parents, students, community leaders and lawmakers to stop the “excessive and unnecessary state takeovers of school districts, and for the return of local control of our schools to democratically elected school boards.”

AFTPA Applauds Cyber-Charter Funding Bill

AFTPA supports a proposal by PA Rep. James Roebuck that would change the way the state funds cyber-charter schools and return nearly $400 million to public schools - without raising taxes.