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Education Company Pearson Spies on Students' Social Media Accounts

Education Company Pearson Spies on Students' Social Media Accounts

While Pearson doesn't publish George Orwell's "1984," it sure seems like the education publishing and testing giant is using the classic novel as a blueprint for running its testing programs these days. Ostensibly to prevent cheating, Pearson has been spying on the social media accounts of students and reporting activity they find as questionable to local school administrators, according to recent news stories. The story broke when the superintendent of a New Jersey school emailed her colleagues after discovering the monitoring. The AFT has since reacted with shock and is calling upon Pearson to end the practice.

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What Works Best: Pro-Worker and Fair Taxes or Anti-Worker and Tax Cuts for Wealthy?

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Upper Midwest neighbors Wisconsin and Minnesota share a border, but their differences extend far beyond the Packers–Vikings rivalry. They go all the way to their state Capitols.

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Biden: 'Unions Are the Reason We Have the Best Workers in the World'

Vice President Joe Biden headlined a diverse group of leaders who spoke at the Career and Technical Education Workforce Development Summit yesterday, an event sponsored by the AFL-CIO and AFT. Biden was joined by Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and numerous labor, business and community leaders who spoke to a packed house.

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Teachers Convene at National Convention in Los Angeles

Photo courtesy @Social_ChAN_ge Twitter

Starting tomorrow in Los Angeles, teachers from all around the country will be arriving in Los Angeles for the AFT convention. AFT President Randi Weingarten will preside over a convention that will feature speakers like Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.); Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.); California Gov. Jerry Brown; Tom Torlakson, who is running for California superintendent of public instruction against an opponent funded by corporate "reformers"; the Rev. William Barber, the driving force behind North Carolina's Moral Mondays; and, most importantly, the teachers who work hard every day to educate the country's future generations. The convention runs through Monday morning.

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Help Randi Weingarten Make the Case for Due Process for Teachers

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At the U.S. News and World Report’s Debate ClubAFT President Randi Weingarten makes a very clear case for why all teachers need strong due-process protections, most notably to allow them the flexibility to innovate and discover new and exciting ways to reach their students. In sharp contrast to the arguments made by corporate-education proponents such as Michelle Rhee (who is also featured in the Debate Club), Weingarten highlights why due-process rights for teachers are beneficial to students and the communities they live in.

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AFT's Randi Weingarten Energizes Newark, N.J., Voters and Volunteers for Today's Special Mayoral Election

If you're in Newark, N.J., don't forget to cast your ballot today in the special mayoral election. 

Check out this video (above) of AFT President Randi Weingarten energizing the working family volunteers to get out the vote for Ras Baraka. 

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AFT's Weingarten and AFL-CIO Condemn Nigerian Human Trafficking

Photo of AFL-CIO women joining the #bringbackourgirls movement.

The AFL-CIO joins the global labor movement in denouncing the recent abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by extremists in Nigeria. This horrific crime reflects both the continuing use of gender-based violence as a tool of subjugation and political control and the ongoing exploitation of children in armed conflict. The AFL-CIO is very concerned by the ongoing attempts by extremist organizations to deny women and children their right to a good education.

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Don't Forget to #ThankATeacher for National Teacher Appreciation Day

Don't Forget to #ThankATeacher for National Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day and people across the country are thanking their teachers on Twitter, using the hashtag #ThankATeacher. Here are some of the best tweets so far, including the picture (on the left) tweeted by NASA administrator Charles Bolden.

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Teachers Want More Accountability for Charter Schools

Photo courtesy: Center for American Progress on Flickr

AFT and In the Public Interest launched a new website Thursday, Cashing in on Kids, to track charter schools and the private companies that often run them on a for-profit basis. The two groups argue that corporate-run charter schools are doing a bad job of serving students and that there is little accountability for these companies. In particular, the website will track K12 Inc., Academics, Imagine Schools, Charter Schools USA and White Hat Management.

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The Voters Couldn't Be More Clear: Raising Wages Is a Top Priority

Photo courtesy Steve Rhodes

Voters in key 2014 battleground states made it clear in a new poll conducted by Hart Research Associates that raising wages, higher living standards and fair treatment are among their top priorities, and they want political leaders to do more on these issues. Nearly 60% of the surveyed voters from Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are unhappy with their state's economy. More than 90% said they are only keeping even economically or falling behind. More than 70% say that raising wages would be good for their state, despite claims that raising wages would increase prices or cost jobs. Gubernatorial candidates who say they want to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour would be more likely to be voted for by 61% of the voters surveyed, compared to only 23% who would be less likely to vote for such a candidate.

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