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Randi Weingarten: The Right-Wing Assault on Unions Won’t Win: It Just Makes Us Angrier

July 13, 2018

The AFT’s drive to get teachers to re-commit to the union is astute, as is the effort to educate it’s membership on the privatization efforts underway. I would hope the union would also be a vocal supporter of the opt-out movement because more than anything else standardized tests have undercut the professionalism of teaching. The notion that a single test should be the deciding factor in a student’s placement is as distasteful as the use of test scores to determine the effectiveness of a teacher or a school. The AFT and NEA need to speak out loud and clear against the misuse of standardized tests throughout the school systems in our country.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Randi Weingarten wrote this commentary in Education Week about the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, which ruled that people do not have to pay agency fees to unions, thus allowing them to collect benefits negotiated by the union without paying dues.

The final day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 term may have been overshadowed by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s retirement, but in one of two important cases decided that day, the court overturned four decades of precedent to bar public-sector unions from charging fees to nonmembers who enjoy the benefits of a union contract.

On its face, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31 claimed to be about free speech. But the right-wing forces behind it admitted a detailed plan to “defund and defang” unions and dismantle their political power. That’s according to documents obtained by The Guardian from the State Policy Network—a national alliance…

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