The one way North Carolina’s teacher rally Wednesday could spark change

Kentucky teachers rally last month. Rallies in Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona and elsewhere have encouraged North Carolina teachers, who will rally in Raleigh on Wednesday. Bryan Woolston AP photo BY THE OBSERVER EDITORIAL BOARD May 15, 2018 10:11 AM   Will the 15,000 N.C. teachers gathering in Raleigh Wednesday for the largest teachers rally in state history succeed? That depends on what they’re trying to accomplish. If they’re … Continue reading The one way North Carolina’s teacher rally Wednesday could spark change

NPR/Ipsos Poll: Most Americans Support Teachers’ Right To Strike

As the wave of teacher walkouts moves to Arizona and Colorado this week, an NPR/Ipsos poll shows strong support among Americans for improving teachers’ pay and for their right to strike. Just 1 in 4 Americans believe teachers in this country are paid fairly. Nearly two-thirds approve of national teachers’ unions, and three-quarters agree teachers have the right to strike. That last figure includes two-thirds of Republicans, three-quarters of independents and … Continue reading NPR/Ipsos Poll: Most Americans Support Teachers’ Right To Strike

What If America Didn’t Have Public Schools?

  JULIE HALPERT MAR 4, 2018 On a crisp fall morning, parents lined the school’s circular driveway in Audis, BMWs and Land Rovers, among other luxury SUVs, to drop their high-schoolers off at Detroit Country Day School. Dressed in uniforms—boys in button-down shirts, blazers with the school crest, khaki or navy dress pants, and ties; girls in largely the same garb, though without the ties … Continue reading What If America Didn’t Have Public Schools?

Roster of NC school closings keeps growing as teachers prepare for May 16 rally

BY T. KEUNG HUI AND ANN DOSS HELMS May 08, 2018 04:29 PM Updated 39 minutes ago   More than half of North Carolina’s public school students will not have classes on May 16 with more school districts weighing Friday whether to cancel classes due to an exodus of teachers going to a rally planned that day in Raleigh. Thousands of teachers from across North … Continue reading Roster of NC school closings keeps growing as teachers prepare for May 16 rally

State takeover of JCPS: What the audit says and the district has done

(Photo: Marty Pearl/Special to Courier Journal) Mandy McLaren, Louisville Courier JournalPublished 11:27 a.m. ET May 7, 2018  In recommending a state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky’s education chief pointed to 10 main problem areas. Those problems, interim education commissioner Wayne Lewis says, show a pattern of widespread dysfunction continues to exist and can only be fixed through full-blown state intervention. But critics say he failed to recognize … Continue reading State takeover of JCPS: What the audit says and the district has done

A state takeover of JCPS won’t fix the district’s core problems

Cindy Cushman, Updated 9:42 a.m. ET May 8, 2018 There have been many opinions voiced about the recommended state takeover of  JCPS. I agree with those who have been speaking out against a takeover for the many good reasons mentioned. What I haven’t seen is much talk about the schools labeled as “chronically failing” – the ones that bear the brunt of the criticism for … Continue reading A state takeover of JCPS won’t fix the district’s core problems

The nation’s top teachers met with Betsy DeVos, and not all of them were thrilled with what she had to say

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met privately with the nation’s top teachers Monday and asked them to talk about the obstacles they face in doing their jobs. At least one of those teachers told DeVos that some of her policies are hurting public education. “We have a problem where public money is siphoned off from the public schools and given to children who are going to … Continue reading The nation’s top teachers met with Betsy DeVos, and not all of them were thrilled with what she had to say

Oklahoma teacher of the year shocked Betsy DeVos ‘redefines’ private schools as part of public education system

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met privately with the nation’s top teachers Monday and asked them to talk about the obstacles they face in doing their jobs. At least one of those teachers told DeVos that some of her policies are hurting public education.   “We have a problem where public money is siphoned off from the public schools and given to children who are going … Continue reading Oklahoma teacher of the year shocked Betsy DeVos ‘redefines’ private schools as part of public education system

More than money: School vouchers also irk Arizona teachers

By: SALLY HO AND MELISSA DANIELS Apr 27, 2018, 9:52 AM ET Arizona leaders dealing with an unprecedented teacher strike are paying the political price for long-festering resentment among many public school teachers who say they are fed up with lagging salaries and what they see as an equally dangerous attack on their profession: school vouchers. Arizona is the U.S. leader in the movement to … Continue reading More than money: School vouchers also irk Arizona teachers

S.C. Department of Education taking over historically failing Williamsburg County schools

By Seanna Adcox Apr 11, 2018 COLUMBIA — The S.C. Department of Education is taking over 12 schools in Williamsburg County, making it the second district-wide takeover in less than a year. State Superintendent Molly Spearman declared a state of emergency Wednesday for the rural district of about 3,800 students, citing major fiscal and academic problems. That immediately fired the school board and superintendent. Principals and … Continue reading S.C. Department of Education taking over historically failing Williamsburg County schools