This APHA policy brief argues that even the best teachers and schools can't fully compensate for their students' poor health, hunger, fear and distress, violence, bullying or poverty. But comprehensive school-based health centers can be a huge help.
This Institute of Medicine report, Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses, identifies solutions to problems in hospital, nursing home, and other health care organization work environments that threaten patient safety through their effect on nursing care. It puts forth a blueprint of actions that all health care organizations which rely on nurses should take.
This special 1997 edition of the AFT’s American Educator magazine attempts to capture some of Al’s most important ideas—the ones that inspired his public life, the ones he lived by, the ones that left the most enduring mark.
In the essay, Al talks about his lifelong dedication to "gaining collective bargaining rights for teachers and using the collective bargaining process to improve teachers’ salaries and working conditions." He also makes it clear that the teacher union movement always had an equally important aim: making schools work better for kids. His tireless efforts, during the past 15 years or so, on behalf of high standards of conduct and achievement and against the fads and follies that threaten to destroy public education were not an "about face" but a logical extension of his trade unionism.
The essay closes with Al’s reflections on the reasons for his long fight to preserve and strengthen public education.