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

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

If you have a kid in public school (or know one), you need to follow this race

If you care about public education, about what Arizona students are learning and how well prepared they are to succeed in college and beyond, you should care who wins the election for superintendent of public instruction. Even if the office is largely administrative. The education superintendent alone can’t change what we pay teachers, what we teach students or how we grade schools’ performance. That’s up to … Continue reading If you have a kid in public school (or know one), you need to follow this race

New Mexico loses education lawsuit

By Dan Mckay And Shelby Perea / Journal Staff Writers Friday, July 20th, 2018 SANTA FE – New Mexico is violating the constitutional rights of at-risk students by failing to provide them with a sufficient education, a state judge ruled Friday in a blistering, landmark decision. Judge Sarah Singleton ordered the governor and Legislature to establish a funding system that meets constitutional requirements by April 15 … Continue reading New Mexico loses education lawsuit

Questions surround ruling on New Mexico education funding

Shelby Perea and Dan Boyd Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 A judge’s ruling that New Mexico has not been meeting its constitutional obligation to provide a sufficient education for all students — especially those characterized as at-risk — continued to reverberate Monday, with plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit hailing it as a harbinger of a fairer K-12 system. But the Public Education Department told the Journal … Continue reading Questions surround ruling on New Mexico education funding

Salary disparities are hurting special education students too

Qualified special education teachers are leaving nonprofits at an alarming rate Special education teachers working in certain New York City nonprofits are paid much less than teachers with the DOE.  By TOM MCALVANAH JULY 20, 2018 On June 28, New York Nonprofit Media’s piece on a New York City Council Education Committee hearing titled New York City Nonprofits continue push to raise pay for early childhood educators chronicled … Continue reading Salary disparities are hurting special education students too

Kent public school teachers rally for better pay; threaten strike in the fall

POSTED 1:32 PM, JULY 19, 2018, KENT, Wash. — Teachers in Kent rallied for better pay ahead of a district meeting Thursday where the teacher’s union presented a counterproposal. The Kent Public School District has offered a 3.1-percent increase for teachers, which the Kent Education Association Bargaining Team says is not acceptable and doesn’t meet cost of living increases. Teachers argue that more money is now available … Continue reading Kent public school teachers rally for better pay; threaten strike in the fall

Why Republicans are now bragging about their investments in education

By Michael Scherer March 25, 2018 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who made his name attacking unions and slashing school funding, is promising a “historic investment” in public schools as he campaigns for reelection. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, another proud cost-cutter, is bragging about his more recent increases to school funding as he prepares to launch a bid for the U.S. Senate. In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey, … Continue reading Why Republicans are now bragging about their investments in education

There is a movement to privatize public education in America. Here’s how far it has gotten.

  By Valerie Strauss June 23, 2018 (iStock) Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says her mission is to expand alternatives to traditional public schools — and a new report assesses how far she and her allies across the country have succeeded in the movement to privatize public education. The report — issued by the Schott Foundation for Public Education and the Network for Public Education, two nonprofits that advocate … Continue reading There is a movement to privatize public education in America. Here’s how far it has gotten.