Protecting Public Education

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We made history in the fight against Betsy DeVos by forcing the vice president, for the first time ever, to break a tie vote on the confirmation of a cabinet secretary. In the process, we saw an unprecedented national mobilization in support of public education. Watch this section for more updates on the fight to protect public education.

  • Fact sheet: Private School Vouchers Don't Help Kids
  • Educate other AFT members and get them to commit to this fight for great neighborhood public schools.
    • On Jan. 9, AFT President Randi Weingarten delivered a major education speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., laying out a vison for high-quality public education for all—with great neighborhood schools that welcome and include students of all backgrounds, identities, origins and abilities. Watch Weingarten’s speech
  • Bring your local elected officials into the discussion. They have direct investments in local public schools and a keen interest in seeing that they succeed and remain under the control of locally elected officials.

    Ask your school board, city council and local labor council to adopt the sample resolutions below.

  • Get more information on #PublicSchoolProud, our new campaign that helps members and parents show off the great things happening every day in our schools.

AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Confirmation of Betsy DeVos