As a powerful few want to weaken our unions and take away our voice, most Americans respect teachers’ rights. Check out this recent poll that reflects strong support for improving teachers’ pay and for their right to strike.
May 18 is the deadline to register for Great Lakes ULI. Visit the IFT website to learn more and register for this week-long professional development opportunity.
The IFT Executive Board passed a resolution supporting efforts to prevent gun violence. Read the full text here.
House Speaker Madigan introduced HR 1025 in support of a progressive income tax. IFT President Dan Montgomery issued a statement in support of it, saying “this is the change we need, and this is the opportunity for all who claim they’re on the side of taxpayers and educators to prove it.” Read more about the fair tax from the Responsible Budget Coalition.
Last week, Senator Dick Durbin sent an important letter to Illinois educators, counselors, and principals as part of his continuing campaign to alert students and their families to the dangers of for-profit colleges. Read more about that here.
May is an active month in Springfield during the final days of session. Check “Under the Dome” for weekly Legislative Updates to get the latest news on public policy that affects you, your profession, and your students. Share with your local/council to keep them informed.
The AFT Convention is in Pittsburgh this summer. Find all you need to know here.
Teacher Appreciation week is the first full week of May, and Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 8th. Share ideas from our “Thank You” Pinterest board for inspiration, or post about teacher appreciation activities in your school(s). Be sure to check out the IFT Facebook page for a Teacher Appreciation graphic to share!
May 6 is National Nurses Day and kicks off National Nurses Week. Take a moment to recognize and thank your school nurse for taking good care of our students!
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