Capitol Insider

January 13, 2017

 

THIS WEEK’S SUMMARY

 

            The coalition of those of us who support public schools had our first meeting of this legislative session.  Along with AFT Indiana are lobbyists for Indiana Urban Schools Assn., ISTA, the School Boards Assn, Indianapolis Public Schools, and of course the Indiana Coalition for Public Education.  As we oppose legislation that expands vouchers and tax credits, we also will be working together to stop Education Savings Accounts – another form of tax credits.

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Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.

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Trump fails a crucial test

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about Donald Trump's education policies amd how they would devastate our public education system.

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Michigan Legislature lashes out at Detroit schools

The Michigan House of Representatives, ignoring fierce opposition from the Democratic minority, passed a dead-of-night financial aid package for Detroit Public Schools that had been twisted into a partisan screed against Detroit teachers and school employees.

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