AFT, NEA United In Opposition To Duncan, Concerns About Common Core


Education Week (7/25, Sawchuk, Heitin) reports that the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers could be embarking on a new era of collaboration, noting that the unions are being driven by “a remarkable policy convergence.” The piece notes that both unions have recently “passed resolutions targeting US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,” both have fought using standardized testing as a major component of teacher evaluations, and concerns about the implementation of the Common Core Standards. The piece concedes that there are “stark and many” differences between the two unions.