Spokane Public Schools teachers to vote on salary agreement Thursday

 Aug. 29, 2018 By Jim Allen  For the teachers and classified staff in the Spokane Public Schools district, Thursday should be a rewarding day. The day begins with back-to-school activities and ends with a membership meeting at Shadle Park High School, where teachers and classified staff will vote on a tentative salary agreement with the district. Details of the contract, which were hammered out Tuesday night … Continue reading Spokane Public Schools teachers to vote on salary agreement Thursday

America’s public school teachers are far less racially and ethnically diverse than their students

  Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 20% of all public elementary and secondary school teachers in the United States during the 2015-16 school year, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). That makes teachers considerably less racially and ethnically diverse than their students – as well as the nation as a whole. By comparison, 51% of all public elementary and secondary school students in … Continue reading America’s public school teachers are far less racially and ethnically diverse than their students

Seattle teachers and staff vote to authorize a strike — unless a deal is reached by Sept. 5

By  Dahlia Bazzaz  It’s official: Teachers and school staff in Seattle voted to authorize a strike Tuesday evening. The strike could take effect if negotiations with Seattle Public Schools don’t result in a tentative contract by the first day of school, Sept. 5. The vote followed perhaps the state’s first official strikes that disrupted the first day of school in two southwest Washington districts Tuesday; teachers in four additional Clark … Continue reading Seattle teachers and staff vote to authorize a strike — unless a deal is reached by Sept. 5

Families of public school students with disabilities win legal battle

By BEN CHAPMAN AUG 29, 2018  Families of public school students with disabilities won a legal battle Tuesday when a federal court judge dismissed the city’s attempt to throw their suit out on procedural grounds. The lawsuit filed in October 2017 by three city families with the advocacy group Advocates for Children charged the city Department of Education with failing to provide legally mandated services for … Continue reading Families of public school students with disabilities win legal battle

Plans to improve public education advance in Annapolis

BY MICHAEL B. JEFFERSON AUG 27, 2018 There was good back-to-school news for Baltimore students and families in the work session held last week in Annapolis by the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, better known as the Kirwan Commission. Under the recommendations of the panel’s working group, pre-K would become much more accessible to three and four year olds and teachers would get a … Continue reading Plans to improve public education advance in Annapolis

Detroit schools shutting off drinking water because of lead, copper

Lori Higgins, Aug. 29, 2018 The Detroit school district is shutting off drinking water to all of its schools after test results found elevated levels of lead or copper in 16 out of 24 schools that were recently tested. “Although we have no evidence that there are elevated levels of copper or lead in our other schools where we are awaiting test results, out of an … Continue reading Detroit schools shutting off drinking water because of lead, copper

We Can’t Just Sue Our Way To A Better Education System

Aug 29, 2018, Natalie Wexler Frustrated with a lack of progress—especially for poor and minority students—some education activists are resorting to lawsuits. But courts aren’t equipped to address obstacles that are deeply rooted in the American approach to teaching. A lawsuit filed in 2016 charged that conditions in Detroit schools—including a lack of teachers, books, pencils, and heat, along with an abundance of vermin—contributed to low test … Continue reading We Can’t Just Sue Our Way To A Better Education System

Despite Wisconsin’s top 10 public school ranking, debate over education funding remains

  Wisconsin has one of the 10 best public school systems in the country, according to a new study by the financial consumer website, WalletHub. In its report “2018 Best and Worst Public Schools,” WalletHub ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on scores across 25 key metrics within two main categories – “quality of education” and “school safety.” Wisconsin ranked ninth … Continue reading Despite Wisconsin’s top 10 public school ranking, debate over education funding remains

Charter schools are big business. Who’s making money off public education?

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC REVEALS WHAT CHARTER SCHOOLS DON’T TELL PARENTS. SEE THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION HERE Arizona Republic Aug. 22, 2018 With Arizona public schools struggling to raise students’ standardized test scores, the Legislature in 1994 began a grand experiment: charter schools. They were exempted from state procurement or conflict-of-interest laws and the oversight of elected boards. With less regulation, charters could succeed where traditional public schools had failed, proponents argued. Today, about … Continue reading Charter schools are big business. Who’s making money off public education?

California’s missing information about public education

Dan Walters Aug. 16, 2018 Knowledge, it’s been said, is power. It’s especially true in politics, whose insiders joust constantly among themselves and with outsiders, including the media and the voting public, over access to information. One of California’s more important arenas of info-war is public education. We Californians spend at least $100 billion in taxpayer money each year on educating 6 million elementary and secondary … Continue reading California’s missing information about public education