Information courtesy of the American Federation of Teachers
WERT — On Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Federation of
Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
will tour public schools in Van Wert, Ohio.
The visit comes in
response to Weingarten’s challenge to DeVos to visit a great public
school system and engage with teachers, parents, students and the
community about what is working in their public schools and what they
need in order to strengthen them.
Weingarten, DeVos, local union
leaders and school officials will have roundtable discussions with
pre-K, early childhood and special education teachers and staff. They
will tour classrooms; hear presentations from students in robotics and
engineering classes, as part of the district’s project- based learning
focus; and discuss Van Wert’s public schools with teachers, students,
parents and the community.
Van Wert, a rural district in northwest
Ohio, exemplifies many of the strategies Weingarten outlined in a
speech earlier this year on building great neighborhood public school
systems. These strategies include promoting children’s well-being,
engaging in powerful learning, building teacher capacity, and fostering
collaboration; they stand in contrast to the massive budget cuts and
privatization efforts being pushed by the Trump administration.