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Statement from AFT Connecticut President Melodie Peters on the school shooting in Newtown

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire community in the wake of this terrible tragedy. We will be working closely to help the students, teachers, administrators and their families in Newtown as they recover from this tragedy.

We credit the teachers, staff and administrators for reacting immediately to protect the children.

Our thanks go out to all of their first responders for their effort to ensure the safety of all the students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

We will be coordinating grief counseling and support services with our locals the Newtown Federation of Teachers, Local 1727 and the Newtown Federation of Custodians, Local 3924, the Newtown Federation of Education Personnel, Local 3785, along with the State of Connecticut, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA) and the Connecticut Education Association (CEA).

You can click here to leave a message of condolences and support for the students, staff, teachers and families of Newtown, CT.

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Resolution calls for fixes to Common Core implementation

AFT convention delegates passed a resolution reaffirming the union's support for the promise and potential of the Common Core State Standards as a way to ensure all children have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st century while sharply criticizing the standards' botched implementation.

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AFT vows to fight back against attacks on teachers, unions

AFT convention delegates unanimously passed a special order of business—recommended by the executive council—to fight back against attacks on unions and teachers like Vergara v. California and Harris v. Quinn, and to fight forward to reclaim the promise of America.

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Weingarten lays out bold call to move country forward

AFT President Randi Weingarten kicked off the AFT national convention in Los Angeles by outlining a bold plan to both fight back and fight forward to reclaim the promise of America and create economic and educational opportunity for all.

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'Harris' decision makes things worse for working families

While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the importance of collective bargaining and unions to families and communities in its ruling in Harris v. Quinn, let's be clear that working people, who have aspired to the middle class and tried to make a better life for their families, have taken it on the chin for years, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

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Weingarten and Pechthalt discuss 'Vergara' decision

In a message to members following the June 10 court decision inVergara v. California, AFT President Randi Weingarten and California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt discuss the ramifications of the ruling and what the AFT is doing to fight back. They also are urging AFT members to sign a thank you card to California teachers to let them know you honor their commitment and courage.

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'American Educator' explores early learning

In the cover story of the Summer 2014 issue of American Educator, Susan B. Neuman and Tanya S. Wright examine the research showing that certain practices for teaching vocabulary, such as making connections among words and repeatedly exposing students to content-related words, can accelerate young children's oral vocabulary development, regardless of family income.

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Outsourcing public jobs results in a race to the bottom

A new report from In the Public Interest looks at what happens to communities, and to the quality of life of the workers who provide important public services, when those services are outsourced to for-profit and other private entities.

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