Teachers picketed outside all of the public schools in Chicago's Hyde Park section this morning.
Nearly all Detroit Public Schools (DPS) are closed Wednesday, as teacher sickouts which began last week continue.
Over 5,000 joined the Chicago Teachers Union for a Tailgate Party and Solidarity Rally for public education and a fair contract
Unionized California teachers are among the many categories of workers nationwide whose unions are under attack by anti-labor lawmakers.
"Today it's your turn to step up to the plate and help other workers without unions organize, just as those unions stood with you 30 years ago."
Several Chicagoans have stolen the show at the AFT's national convention that runs through today at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
On May 20, 1639, the first American public elementary school was established. This was arguably the beginning of the idea of free public education for all.
AFT is launching a campaign to expose the for-profit charter school industry as more interested in profits for its CEOs and stockholders than it is in teaching kids.
"I am saddened to report that the Board of Trustees directed me and the college's officers to develop a plan to close the college," said the institution's president.
On October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups organized Freedom Day, a mass boycott and demonstration against segregated schools and inadequate resources for black students.