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

Poll: 2 in 3 say public school teachers underpaid

By Laura Meckler / Washington Post Posted at 11:21 AM Most Americans say public-school teachers are underpaid and say they would support them if they went on strike for better wages, a new poll shows, offering backup for newly assertive educators. At the same time, the poll found American confidence in teachers at a low point. Also, the share of Americans who would want one of their … Continue reading Poll: 2 in 3 say public school teachers underpaid

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

Invest in Education income-tax measure knocked off November ballot by courts

An Arizona Supreme Court ruling Wednesday knocked the Invest in Education income-tax measure off the November ballot. According to the ruling, the measure’s description “did not accurately represent the increased tax burden on the affected classes of taxpayers.” The measure, recently titled Proposition 207, was expected to bring in $690 million in additional funding for Arizona public district and charter schools. Supporters had framed Prop. … Continue reading Invest in Education income-tax measure knocked off November ballot by courts

Arizona Supreme Court boots educational funding proposal off Nov. ballot

AUGUST 29, 2018 David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – The Arizona Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to remove a proposal from the November ballot that, if passed, would have pumped $690 million into Arizona’s public education system by raising taxes on the state’s highest earners. The court found the proposition’s description of the change in tax rate along with a lack of any discussion of changes … Continue reading Arizona Supreme Court boots educational funding proposal off Nov. ballot

DeVos makes surprise visits to D.C. public schools that made gains on standardized test

By Perry Stein August 22 at 9:12 PM Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a surprise visit Wednesday to three D.C. public schools to mark the start of the year and celebrate their notable gains on a national standardized test. The elementary schools — Hendley, Simon and Amidon-Bowen — are part of the traditional public school system and serve children who are predominately from low-income and African … Continue reading DeVos makes surprise visits to D.C. public schools that made gains on standardized test

Poll: GOP support for school choice growing

By Maria Danilova / The Associated Press August 23, 2018    WASHINGTON — Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday. The findings by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard’s Kennedy School and Stanford University, come as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promotes … Continue reading Poll: GOP support for school choice growing