Governmental Support for Child Care is Critical

January 27, 2015
By SEIU President Mary Kay Henry 

Washington, DC -- President Obama's announcement of plans to expand block grants to support child care for low-wage workers, and his proposal to enlarge tax credits for middle-class earners, are very welcome steps to restoring prosperity for working people and promise a brighter future for young children.

Testing Overload in America’s Schools

January 14, 2015
By Melissa Lazaín

In August, when the Lee County School Board in Southwest Florida voted 3-2 to opt out of the state’s mandated tests tied to the Common Core State Standards due to concerns about the overtesting of students, a packed room of opt-out supporters and parents erupted in cheers.

Teachers' Unions Are Pivotal to the Progressive Movement

January 13, 2015
By Joshua Pechthalt

Los Angeles, CA—The Republican victory in November reminds us that organized labor and the progressive movement can’t rely on elections to advance our agenda. Our power to improve the lives of members and community allies flows from our ability to organize the kind of powerful labor-community alliance that can demand change from politicians.  

New Report Reveals Growing Education Gap

January 13, 2015
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY -  The Alliance for Quality Education released its latest report, Record Setting Inequality: New York State’s Opportunity Gap is Wider Than Ever, which concludes that under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's leadership educational inequality has grown. Wealthier school districts are better able to provide a solid future for their students than working-class school districts can.

Sodexo Workers Vote for UNITE HERE!

January 1, 2015
By Stephanie West

In October Sodexo workers at three different campuses joined UNITE HERE! On October 7th, over 100 dining workers at Emerson College in Boston joined Boston’s Local 26. On October 15th, 70 workers at Curry College in Massachusetts voted to join the New England Joint Board, and on October 30th, 60 Sodexo workers at Earlham College in Indiana voted to join Local 23.

Teachers Fear For Special Needs Children

December 12, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Paul Cassone (right) with parents and students rallying this week.

Brooklyn, NY - Educators at the Guild For Exceptional Children’s Carrie Mastronardi Early Childhood Education Program could soon be out of a job in the New Year - but this week, they’re much more concerned about what will happen to the 242 special needs children that they teach. 

Principals’ Prez Warns School Leaders Face Pivotal Moment

December 11, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—After Mayor Bill de Blasio and the head of the principals’ union, Ernest Logan, announced a nine-year contract, Mr. Logan told his members in the accompanying video at the union’s 47th annual conference that school leaders are in a pivotal movement as the whole country watches to see whether public education can endure.

De Blasio: ‘Experienced Public Education Leaders Must Lead Reform’

December 10, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—After announcing that the city and the principals union had reached a new contract, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in the accompanying video that only experienced public educators can lead the reform of public education in New York City.

Principals’ Union Wins New Contract, Retroactive Pay

December 9, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

The signs boded well as the procession descended the staircase into the hotel ballroom: A dozen-odd people, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, city schools chancellor Carmen Fariña, and Ernest Logan, president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, which was holding its annual convention there Dec. 6.

AFT’s Weingarten Arrested in Garner Verdict Protest

December 8, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and several prominent rabbis were among those arrested Dec. 4 in a civil-disobedience protest against the Staten Island grand-jury decision not to indict the police officer who asphyxiated Eric Garner last summer.

City and Principals Union Reach New Contract

December 7, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Just before the president of the principals union, Ernest Logan, introduced Mayor Bill de Blasio to speak to the union’s 47th annual conference, he informed his members that they have a new contract with the City, prompting loud applause.

Union Prez to City Hall: ‘Give Us A Fair Wage’!

December 5, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—As airport and fast food workers rallied outside City Hall after marching along Chambers Street on a national day of action calling for higher wages, the president of a public sector union said in the accompanying video that many of his members are also earning less than $15 an hour.

NYS Charter Schools a Taxpayer Fraud Risk

December 3, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The Center for Popular Democracy and Alliance for Quality Education has released a report titled Risking Public Money: New York Charter School Fraud. The document reveals vulnerabilities in the state’s charter oversight system that could potentially cost New York State taxpayers $54 million in charter fraud this year alone.

NYC Pre-K Enrolls 53,230 Children

November 13, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY — New York City has successfully enrolled 53,230 children in full-day pre-K during this school year. Children are attending programs in 1,700 sites. These include public schools and community-based early childhood centers in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Over 6,000 educators have been hired and are participating in the city’s first-ever Citywide Professional Development Training for pre-K instructors.

Boston University and 32BJ Reach Agreement

November 4, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Boston, Mass. - SEIU 32BJ District 615 reached an agreement with Boston University. That contract will include a 10 percent raise over four years and affordable healthcare benefits. The agreement will cover almost 800 custodians, mailroom operators, groundskeepers and skilled trades in 300 facilities throughout the Boston University campus.

Reaction to Cuomo's Statements on Public Schools

October 31, 2014
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - The Alliance for Quality Education along with leading community and educational leaders have reacted to recent statements by Governor Cuomo regarding public education - particularly his vow to break the public schools “public monopolies” and replace them with more privately-run charter schools.

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