No way to talk to seniors
When former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, spoke at an event in Oakland this spring, members of the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) were there in protest. They wanted to let Simpson know they don't support his ideas for addressing the national debt, which include cuts to Social Security benefits. When Simpson returned home to Wyoming, he wrote a harsh letter to CARA responding to the protesters, in which he called them "a wretched group of seniors" and "greedy geezers." AFT retiree Hene Kelly has taken up a new protest in response to Simpson's letter.
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Share My Lesson offers online access
to vast resources
By teachers, for teachers: It's a formula for success that Share My Lesson, a new online resource, is counting on. Launched this month by the AFT and Britain's TES Connect, the new digital platform allows educators to collaborate and share teaching resources and innovative ideas straight from the classroom, each emphasizing Common Core State Standards. And we know as a retired educator, you still have plenty to share. "Teachers are expected to do so much, often with very little support, and they are thirsty for the tools they need to improve instruction," says AFT president Randi Weingarten.
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First Book and AFT distribute books to students
Across the country, AFT members are partnering with First Book to distribute books to disadvantaged children. "Some of the kids were absolutely overwhelmed," says Vi Parramore, president of the Jefferson County (Ala.) AFT, recalling a distribution celebration at Crumly Chapel Elementary School in Birmingham. At more than a dozen locations throughout the United States, the AFT has begun pilot projects with First Book, a nonprofit organization that distributes books to children from low-income families. Statistics show that among disadvantaged children, the average number of books in the home is only one book for every 300 children.
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Increased scrutiny leads corporations
to cut ties to ALEC
In recent weeks, the American Legislative Exchange Council (better known as ALEC),
the shadowy organization that works with corporations and conservative organizations
to write "model bills" that are introduced in legislatures around the country, has lost support from some of its major corporate funders. The latest defector is Wal-Mart. We’re hoping the trend continues.
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