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Press Release


March 21, 2014



Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)


AFT's Weingarten: Action Needed to Address Equity Gap

Washington—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on data released Friday by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

"It's been more than a year since the Equity and Excellence Commission released a blueprint—crafted by experts across the ideological spectrum—to address the pervasive equity gap we face and put all children on a path to success. Everything highlighted in this new data was tackled in that report, and it is shameful that not a single recommendation has been implemented. We don't need more data—we need action by Congress.

"The report called for concrete investments in wraparound services and preschool; spelled out how to help and sustain the teaching force we need, not by shaming and blaming teachers but by supporting them; and detailed the need for high-quality curricula, teaching resources, safe and nurturing schools, and collaborative learning environments. That's the agenda we should be focused on to help all of our children succeed."

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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.