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Kansas is struggling. We need leaders in Topeka who can create jobs, restore our economy, and make Kansas a good place for working families again. We need leaders who can say no to outside political machines and special interests. Our cities, towns, and counties need the same kind of leaders too. As we know only too well, who Kansans elect has a direct impact on our lives—on our paychecks, our pensions, our rights, and our having the resources and voice to do our jobs right.

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Pushing forward to fight rising student debt

The AFT has joined a broad coalition of organizations, from its sister unions to Student Veterans of America, from the National Young Farmers Coalition to Jobs with Justice and the Center for American Progress, to demand that elected officials take action and address college affordability within the next six months.

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Teachers union presidents discuss ESEA priorities

The presidents of the nation's two largest teachers unions offered a solid shared vision for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at a Washington, D.C., meeting with state policy chiefs and in a joint keynote address to a nationwide audience of classroom educators participating in Share My Lesson's third annual virtual conference.

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A tale of two states

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten looks at how Minnesota and Wisconsin have followed very different economic paths since electing new governors in 2010.

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