“We teach the children of these farm workers, and it was important to us that we help their families.”
Issue Workers’ Rights
The party’s platform stayed true to form when it comes to education. Using the euphemistic catch-all phrase of “school choice,” the document goes all in on schemes that divert scarce funding from public schools.
“This case once again confirms the first amendment right of our educators to speak out and against policies they feel are harmful to their students.”
Union involvement— adding your voice to a chorus of educator-advocates seeking positive change in the classroom and the contract—is the best way to improve the school community.
It has been six months since Illinois colleges and universities were cut off from state funds, and the quality of higher education – as well as poor students’ access to it – is suffering.
The Friedrichs case is about corporate interests that want to make it even harder for teachers, firefighters, nurses and sanitation workers to come together, speak up for their communities.
When we speak up together with one voice we get better pay, better benefits, and ensure a better quality of life for all our families.
This week: NY educators arrested at protests, CA faculty vote to strike, the MA retirement health care fight and a video look back at IL Gov Rauner’s tumultuous first year.
This week: IL retirement, MI’s higher education conference, MA charters and NJ’s new teacher leader certification endorsement.
For Ambereen Khan-Baker, the collective voice of her union is all about making positive change in her own classroom.