North Carolina’s Teacher Revolt Was Decades in the Making

Paul Blest and Nick Martin May 18, 2018 A derecho of red shirts swept through Raleigh, N.C. on Wednesday as thousands of teachers and their allies flooded the capitol, in defiance of the pouring rain, to demand better conditions in their state’s public schools. In a march from the headquarters of the North Carolina Association of Educators to the North Carolina General Assembly—the origin of some of … Continue reading North Carolina’s Teacher Revolt Was Decades in the Making

Nationwide Teacher Strikes Highlight The Dire State Of US Public Education

By Kim Bussing May 16, 2018 WV Teacher Strike at Bunker Hill Elementary School in Berkeley County, West Virginia (Photo Credit: Eric Bourgeois CC BY-SA 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons On Wednesday, May 16, thousands of North Carolina educators took to the streets to protest against low teacher salaries and deteriorating school conditions. Their one-day strike is part of a growing national movement that has swept across the country … Continue reading Nationwide Teacher Strikes Highlight The Dire State Of US Public Education

North Carolina schools prepare to close as teachers flock to state Capitol

By Moriah Balingit May 15 at 7:58 PM North Carolina teachers plan to descend Wednesday on the statehouse in Raleigh to rally for more public school funding, a protest expected to keep hundreds of thousands of students out of the classroom. The state becomes the latest to see teachers leave schools en masse to confront state lawmakers, hoping to reverse years of budget cuts. Teachers in … Continue reading North Carolina schools prepare to close as teachers flock to state Capitol

NC march leaders want teacher pay and education spending to reach national average

By T. Keung Hui The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (TNS) May 15, 2018 Updated 2 hrs ago RALEIGH, N.C. — The group organizing Wednesday’s mass teacher rally in Raleigh says it wants state lawmakers to sharply raise education spending — including pay raises for all school employees — and to reverse many of the education changes made in the past seven years. More than 15,000 teachers … Continue reading NC march leaders want teacher pay and education spending to reach national average

Teachers shelling out nearly $500 a year on school supplies, report finds

By Moriah Balingit May 15 at 12:25 PM   Pencils, pens, crayons, construction paper, T-shirts, snacks and, sometimes, a pair of shoes: The costs add up for public school teachers who reach into their own pockets for classroom supplies, ensuring their students have the necessities of learning. Nearly all teachers are footing the bill for classroom supplies, an Education Department report found, and teachers in high-poverty … Continue reading Teachers shelling out nearly $500 a year on school supplies, report finds

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

Unionized Or Not, Teachers Struggle To Make Ends Meet, NPR/Ipsos Poll Finds

May 2, 2018 By: ANYA KAMENETZ   & LARE LOMBARDO More than 9 in 10 teachers say they joined the profession for idealistic reasons — “I wanted to do good” — but most are struggling to some extent economically. Those findings come from a nationally representative survey by NPR and Ipsos of more than 500 teachers across the country. The poll was conducted in April amid widespread walkouts in several states, … Continue reading Unionized Or Not, Teachers Struggle To Make Ends Meet, NPR/Ipsos Poll Finds

Before They Walk Into A Classroom, These New Teachers Will March On The N.C. Capitol

Cristina Chase Lane (left) and WinnieHope Mamboleo recently graduated from North Carolina State University’s College of Education. May 14, 2018 ARI SHAPIRO ANYA KAMENETZ Last week, teachers-to-be WinnieHope Mamboleo and Cristina Chase Lane marched across the graduation stage at North Carolina State University. This week, they’ll be marching with future colleagues at the state capitol in Raleigh, asking for better pay and better school funding. … Continue reading Before They Walk Into A Classroom, These New Teachers Will March On The N.C. Capitol

Rural Community Rallies For More Public School Funding

By JEANIE LINDSAY MAY 13, 2018 Educators in Farmersburg, Indiana, held a rally Saturday, urging lawmakers to give more attention to rural public schools, specifically when it comes to funding. School money follows the student in Indiana, and the Northeast Sullivan School Corporation has lost a big chunk of per-pupil funding in the past eight years – around $4 million – largely due to students leaving … Continue reading Rural Community Rallies For More Public School Funding

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?