While government in Washington, D.C., remains divided and marked by long-term gridlock, governments in the states are much less divided. Of the 50 states, 37 now feature state governments where the governor and majorities in both legislative houses are controlled by one party—24 of those are controlled by Republicans. Extreme, anti-working family Republicans have repeatedly assaulted the rights of people in recent years and, by all accounts, the trend looks to expand in 2013. Working families are mobilized and fought back in 2012 and will continue to fight in 2013. The response to the "right to work" for less push in Michigan was so strong, that governors in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have since declared that they won't push for right to work in their states.
AFT President Randi Weingarten yesterday proposed a new way to align teacher development and evaluation with due process for tenured teachers. The three-step plan includes clear standards for what teachers should know and be able to do, a time-limited improvement and a support plan for teachers deemed to be unsatisfactory, according to the evaluation standards and a hearing process.