Janus rallying cry for public school employees

KATHI GRIFFIN July 10, 2018 With the 5-4 decision in Janus v AFSCME, the U.S. Supreme Court delivers a rallying cry to America’s working men and women, including our public school employees.   Those who pushed the Janus lawsuit, including Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Policy Institute, will be disappointed to learn the court’s ruling will not kill off public employee unions, including those … Continue reading Janus rallying cry for public school employees

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.

Flurry of education-related action expected this week

  By KIMBERLY HEFLING 06/25/2018 10:00 AM EDT BUSY DAYS AHEAD: This week, a revamp of the federal career and technical education program, a Trump administration proposal to merge the Education and Labor departments and Education Department funding will all get air time on Capitol Hill. — Multiple school safety-related events are scheduled in Washington and outside the Beltway. On top of that, the Supreme Court could rule as … Continue reading Flurry of education-related action expected this week

Pension reform ruling a victory for Louisville teachers, advocates say

Thomas Novelly, June 20, 2018 Education advocates rejoiced Wednesday after Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd struck down Kentucky’s new pension law, saying the rushed manner in which the bill was passed was unconstitutional. Brent McKim, president of the Jefferson County Teachers Association, said the ruling was a win for Louisville’s teachers and should be a lesson in transparency to lawmakers. “The teacher’s association strongly agrees with Judge Shepherd’s ruling,” McKim … Continue reading Pension reform ruling a victory for Louisville teachers, advocates say

In U.S., 18% of teachers work second job

The report comes in a year when educators in three states rallied for higher wages. BY MORIAH BALINGIT June 20, 2018 They work as private tutors and soccer coaches, as waiters, grocery clerks and ride-share drivers. Across the country, 18 percent of teachers earn income outside the classroom, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report released Wednesday. The finding comes from a nationally representative … Continue reading In U.S., 18% of teachers work second job

How bad is teacher pay? Nearly 1 in 5 teachers works a second job, report says

By: Moriah Balingit They work as private tutors and soccer coaches, as waiters, grocery clerks and ride-share drivers. Across the country, 18 percent of teachers earn income outside the classroom, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report released Wednesday. The finding comes from a nationally representative survey of teachers conducted in the 2015-2016 school year. The report emerges in a year when teachers … Continue reading How bad is teacher pay? Nearly 1 in 5 teachers works a second job, report says

Editorial: Education funding is still broken

Sunday, June 17, 2018 Last week, several hundred students, teachers and parents marched from Franklin High School to city hall to protest budget cuts that are decimating faculty and shortchanging Franklin’s children. The district is slated to lose 14 positions. That’s on top of the 14 positions the school district cut over the past two years. Franklin’s tax cap deserves some of the blame for the situation, … Continue reading Editorial: Education funding is still broken

#RedForEd returns to the Arizona Capitol on Saturday to rally for education funding

Ricardo Cano, June 18, 2018 Arizona teachers will return to the Capitol on Saturday for a rally, a month after tens of thousands of educators walked out of class and flooded Arizona’s statehouse for six school days. This time, teachers are rallying to collect signatures for a proposed ballot measure that would bring in $690 million in additional education funding by raising income taxes on Arizona’s wealthiest residents. … Continue reading #RedForEd returns to the Arizona Capitol on Saturday to rally for education funding

Retired Ohio teachers lose cost of living allowance, plan protest

 June 18, 2018 By Laura A. Bischoff, COLUMBUS — Unhappy about the loss of cost of living allowances, retired teachers plan to protest at the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio trustees meeting in Columbus on Thursday. STRS trustees voted in April 2017 to suspend the cost of living allowance as a means of shoring up the $75-billion fund. The move impacts 490,000 teachers and retirees. … Continue reading Retired Ohio teachers lose cost of living allowance, plan protest