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Classroom teachers will be heard. Updated.

March 11, 2014

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AFT President Randi Weingarten.

For years leaders of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association have claimed that their members support Common Core State Standards.

There never was much evidence provided for the claim. Yet they continued.

At last year’s NEA Representative Assembly delegates refrained from resolutions opposing CCSS. But they did vote on ones that condemned the misuse of Common Core Assessments.

AFT President Randi Weingarten also began criticizing the use and misuse of assessments and poor implementation and training.

Last month NEA President Dennis Van Roekel called for a course correction in CCSS implementation.

In January Weingarten supported the New York State United Teachers’ vote against CCSS, also calling for course corrections.

Yesterday Weingarten announced that the AFT would no longer accept money from the Gates Foundation for its Innovation Fund. Gates has been a major backer of Common Core and the AFT Fund had received over $4 million dollars from Gates.

[Updated: This morning, AFT President Weingarten Tweeted: As I said when @AFTunion exec council voted: we’re not ending relationship w/ Gates, just making our member driven Inn Fund more independent.]

NEA also received $4 million from Gates. But they have not indicated any immediate intention of stopping the flow of Gates dollars.

Still, the shift at the top of our teacher unions suggest that claims of membership support for CCSS is not quite as secure as they once claimed.

Teachers will be heard.

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