A new public education movement is emerging in Wisconsin, a rebuke to Gov. Walker’s war on labor and school privatization

By Valerie Strauss July 3, 2018 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) launched a war on labor in 2011, enacting a law called Act 10  that decimated the power of public employee unions to bargain, and it also cut pay for most public sector workers.  It was clear that the law was largely aimed at the teachers unions, because Walker exempted the unions of police, firefighters and … Continue reading A new public education movement is emerging in Wisconsin, a rebuke to Gov. Walker’s war on labor and school privatization

Vermonters React To Education Agency’s Statewide Merger Proposal, Required By Act 46

By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN & AMY KOLB NOYES JUN 5, 2018 A nearly 200-page report was released by the Vermont Agency of Education on Friday, and school districts around Vermont are going through the state’s school consolidation recommendations. Acting Education Secretary Heather Bouchey found it doesn’t make sense for 22 school districts to merge. But the proposal does point to 18 others where the districts should be forced to … Continue reading Vermonters React To Education Agency’s Statewide Merger Proposal, Required By Act 46

Obama education secretary slams Trump administration moves on affirmative action

By Jennifer Hansler,  Updated 10:51 AM ET, Mon July 9, 2018 Former Education Secretary John King Jr. expressed dismay that the Trump administration is “going backwards on civil rights issues” following the rollback of Obama-era policies on the use of race to promote diversity in higher education. Last week, the administration rescinded this guidance, which provided examples of different educational contexts within which institutions could permissibly consider … Continue reading Obama education secretary slams Trump administration moves on affirmative action

Feds say Texas illegally failed to educate students with disabilities

Vanessa Tijerina addresses the panel about her 13-year-old special needs child who has been denied special education for four years on December 13, 2016. U.S. Department of Education officials held a meeting in Edinburg on their tour of Texas to hear community members’ experiences with special education, continuing an investigation of whether Texas is capping services for students with disabilities.  Eddie Seal for The Texas Tribune … Continue reading Feds say Texas illegally failed to educate students with disabilities

Texas Education Agency starts contracting process for special education overhaul

The Texas Education Agency is now soliciting applications for more than $20 million in grants to help school districts overhaul special education after a federal investigation found it had effectively denied students with disabilities needed services. BY ALIYYA SWABY JULY 9, 2018 The Texas Education Agency is starting the search for organizations to help school districts overhaul special education following a federal finding that the state had effectively denied … Continue reading Texas Education Agency starts contracting process for special education overhaul

Teachers join coalition of leaders to improve Michigan education

Jennifer Chambers June 20, 2018 A diverse, never-before assembled group of statewide business, education, labor, philanthropic and other leaders on Wednesday announced a campaign to create a thriving public education system in Michigan. On Wednesday, the group announced “Launch Michigan,” an initiative to create a thriving public education system in Michigan. Officials with the group said countless reports and research are clear: Michigan is facing an education crisis … Continue reading Teachers join coalition of leaders to improve Michigan education

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

Education inequity is holding back American potential

BY JOHN BRIDGELAND AND CARMEL MARTIN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 06/07/18  Every day, teachers perform the heroic work of educating children. In the process, they make dozens of quick judgments about their students. Of course, teachers are no different from the rest of us — we all do this. Unfortunately, research shows these snap judgments are often influenced by stereotypes and unconscious biases, which can have a lasting … Continue reading Education inequity is holding back American potential

Chicago promised that closing nearly 50 schools would help kids in 2013. A new report says it didn’t.

By Valerie Strauss May 24, 2018 In 2013, the Chicago school district closed 49 elementary schools and one high school program in the face of a $1 billion deficit, the largest mass school closure in the country’s modern history. Schools officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel made this promise to nearly 12,000 mostly African American students from families living in poverty: When you are sent to a … Continue reading Chicago promised that closing nearly 50 schools would help kids in 2013. A new report says it didn’t.

With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law

BY MARTA W. ALDRICH JUNE 11, 2018 Tennessee’s plan to start grading its schools this year has taken a big detour. Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system, under development for more than a year as part of Tennessee’s sweeping plan to usher in a new era of school quality. Now the state Education Department has come up … Continue reading With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law