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2017 AFT Northwest Leadership Forum

Join us at the 2017 AFT Northwest Leadership Forum, a leadership development and skills-based training, which takes place July 6-8. This is sponsored by AFT-Oregon, AFT Washington, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, Oregon School Employees Association, and the Alaska Public Employees Association. Registration and $100 payment must be made before June 23. For more details and registration, go to

Trump Education Budget Tips Scale Against "Marginalized Communities"

April 26, 2017  | Public News Service | Eric Tegethoff, Producer

SEATTLE - Teachers and education staff are watching closely this week to see what happens with the Trump administration's proposed cuts to Education Department programs, as Congress works on a budget for next year.

The proposal slashes more than 13 percent, or $9 billion, off the agency's budget. While this might change during negotiations, Karen Strickland, president of the American Federation of Teachers of Washington, said she sees a theme that is emerging from the proposal. [full story]


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.