Randi Weingarten http://michiganradio.org en Biden: Republicans no longer believe in public education http://michiganradio.org/post/biden-republicans-no-longer-believe-public-education <p>Vice President Joe Biden says Republicans have stopped believing in the concept of public education.</p><p>Biden made those comments as he rallied thousands of educators at the American Federation of Teachers&rsquo; annual convention in Detroit Sunday.</p><p>AFT union leaders strongly back President Obama. And Biden took repeated shots at Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.</p><p>Biden says Romney and fellow his Republicans now &ldquo;have a totally different perspective&rdquo; from most Americans about education&mdash;and pretty much everything else.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:22:23 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8484 at http://michiganradio.org American Federation of Teachers takes to the streets on behalf of Detroit's teachers http://michiganradio.org/post/american-federation-teachers-takes-streets-behalf-detroits-teachers <p>The American Federation of Teachers is in Detroit for the group&rsquo;s annual convention.</p><p>And they&rsquo;re taking it to the streets&mdash;and to Detroit Public Schools&rsquo; officials&mdash;on behalf of the district&rsquo;s teachers.</p><p>Earlier this month, Detroit Public Schools&rsquo; emergency manager Roy Roberts imposed new contract terms on the district&rsquo;s teachers.</p><p>Those terms include a pay cut, larger class sizes, and less prep time for teachers.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:12:20 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8474 at http://michiganradio.org American Federation of Teachers takes to the streets on behalf of Detroit's teachers National AFT leaders visit Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/national-aft-leaders-visit-detroit <pre> The leader of the nation&rsquo;s second-largest teacher&rsquo;s union made a pitch for empowering teachers in Detroit. </pre> <pre> American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten toured Palmer Park Preparatory Academy. The district says the school has been transformed for the better in the past year, since teachers took control of most school functions, including the budget and curriculum. </pre> <p>The AFT touts the school&rsquo;s success as &ldquo;a model of successful union-district collaboration and teacher accountability.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 22:45:35 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2798 at http://michiganradio.org National AFT leaders visit Detroit