Educators deliver the message, militant actions needed to save public education

America’s two largest teachers’ unions, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) gathered 80,000 failing “report cards” from educators across the country to present to Education Secretary Ms. Betsy DeVos. When they arrived to deliver them, they found the doors to the Department of Education locked. “This is a remarkable moment,” Ms. Weingarten, AFT President, told the crowd, adding of the department: “They knew that teachers and parents and students from all over the country have actually taken their time to say what is going on in their schools. And here on Betsy DeVos’s anniversary, this is the first time that I have ever been to this building where we were not let in — where the educators, where the students, where the parents of America were locked out of the federal Department of Education.”

“All unionized teachers in the US are represented by the American Federation of Teachers or the National Education Association. When the heads of the AFT & NEA delivered petitions against the Trump-DeVos anti-student pro-privatization policies they were speaking for tens of thousands of teachers, students, and parents. A great continuing step to win.

Now, nationwide street actions are needed culminating in a national march In Washington, D.C.“

–Angelo D’Angelo, PhD.

Retirees Chapter, United Federation of Teachers Local 2, AFT, AFL-CIO