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US Teachers Say They’re Suffering Severe Stress

November 5, 2017

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

WASHINGTON—More than half of American teachers say their mental health was “not good” for at least seven days of the

AFT President Randi Weingarten denounces LIU lockout.

Randi Weingarten.

previous month, according to a recently released survey by the American Federation of Teachers and the Badass Teachers Association, a grass-roots organization within the union. The survey, of 830 random AFT members and more than 4,000 online respondents, found 58% reporting bad mental-health days, up from 34% in a similar survey in 2015, and that 61% of teachers and school staff said their work is “always” or “often” stressful. AFT President Randi Weingarten told USA Today that teachers aren’t experiencing as much pressure about standardized-test results as they were a few years ago, but the political situation is much worse. “This notion that being coarse and tough and enabling hate is OK is highly, highly, highly disruptive and problematic in schools and goes completely against what parents and teachers know is absolutely important for kids, which is a safe and welcoming environment,” she said. Six out of seven respondents said they did not feel respected by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who Weingarten said is working “to completely disrupt public schooling, find ways to undermine it.”

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November 5, 2017

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