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AFT members are taking Navient to court

A class-action suit filed in federal court sets out serious allegations that student loan servicer Navient has misled borrowers in public service professions from accessing a loan forgiveness program to boost its own profits. The landmark complaint, which seeks millions in damages and class-wide injunctive relief, details a spate of systematic misrepresentations, untruths and misdirection pedaled by Navient to stop borrowers from enrolling in Public Service Loan Forgiveness, a 10-year payoff plan administered by rival servicer FedLoan.

A Decade of Neglect

“A Decade of Neglect: Public Education Funding in the Aftermath of the Great Recession” details for the first time the devastating impact on schools, classrooms and students when states choose to pursue an austerity agenda in the false belief that tax cuts will pay for themselves. The comprehensive report offers a deep dive into the long-term austerity agendas and historic disinvestment that sparked the wave of nationwide walkouts this spring.

After Janus, we’re in it to win it

In a decision that surprised no one, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 ruled against working people and in favor of billionaires and corporate interests in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, holding that requiring fair-share fees in public sector workplaces violates the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Operation Agua continues to provide lifeline to Puerto Ricans

Launched after Hurricane Maria made landfall six months ago, Operation Agua continues to serve as a lifeline for communities still without access to safe drinking water, and it is now more than 75 percent to its goal of bringing 100,000 water filters to Puerto Rico.

Survey shows educators are feeling stressed out

A survey of nearly 5,000 educators released Oct. 30 by the AFT and the Badass Teachers Association shows that nearly two-thirds of educators usually feel stressed out, twice the level felt by workers in the general population. Most surveyed feel demoralized and disrespected by state and federal officials, especially Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Parents want safe, welcoming, well-funded public schools

Three in four public school parents say the public schools their children attend provide them with an excellent or good education, and 79 percent of parents are satisfied with their children's public schools when it comes to helping their children achieve their full potential, according to a nationwide poll of parents released by the AFT.

AFT and Puerto Rican unions agree to historic affiliation

Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, the union representing more than 40,000 Puerto Rican educators; AMPR-Local Sindical; and the AFT signed a historic affiliation agreement that will strengthen their joint fight against austerity and privatization and for public education and economic opportunity for the people of Puerto Rico.

Weingarten offers harsh critique of DeVos agenda

Educators, families and communities are in a David versus Goliath battle against powerful interests seeking to destroy public education and rip opportunity from children and families, AFT President Randi Weingarten proclaimed to more than 1,400 educators during her keynote address at the union's TEACH (Together Educating America's Children) conference.