Educators rally in Charlotte:

Hundreds of Charlotte-area teachers gathered in uptown Wednesday to rally while thousands of teachers across the state protested in Raleigh.  EDUCATION BY LAVENDRICK SMITH   May 16, 2018 05:18 PM Updated 4 hours 59 minutes ago Dwayne Simmons had one thing on his mind as he stood in the blistering heat of First Ward Park: money. Simmons, a seventh-grade teacher at Ashley Park, spoke with … Continue reading Educators rally in Charlotte:

The one way North Carolina’s teacher rally Wednesday could spark change

Kentucky teachers rally last month. Rallies in Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona and elsewhere have encouraged North Carolina teachers, who will rally in Raleigh on Wednesday. Bryan Woolston AP photo BY THE OBSERVER EDITORIAL BOARD May 15, 2018 10:11 AM   Will the 15,000 N.C. teachers gathering in Raleigh Wednesday for the largest teachers rally in state history succeed? That depends on what they’re trying to accomplish. If they’re … Continue reading The one way North Carolina’s teacher rally Wednesday could spark change

What If America Didn’t Have Public Schools?

  JULIE HALPERT MAR 4, 2018 On a crisp fall morning, parents lined the school’s circular driveway in Audis, BMWs and Land Rovers, among other luxury SUVs, to drop their high-schoolers off at Detroit Country Day School. Dressed in uniforms—boys in button-down shirts, blazers with the school crest, khaki or navy dress pants, and ties; girls in largely the same garb, though without the ties … Continue reading What If America Didn’t Have Public Schools?

Local school leaders sound public education alarm

  Carole Carlson –Post-Tribune May 14, 2018 From a statewide teacher shortage to state funding cuts, two Lake County educators painted a grim picture of public education at Monday’s Gary Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Calumet High School. They urged business people at the luncheon to lobby against additional education funding cuts. “Educators, we’re seen as complaining and we’re told we waste the money and don’t … Continue reading Local school leaders sound public education alarm

Sheldon superintendent worried about public education’s future

Sheldon School District superintendent Robin Spears tells the school board Monday, May 14, that he is deeply concerned about the future of public education in Iowa. He said voters must support candidates who back public schools.  School board vice president Susan Rensink and district business manager LaDonn Hartzell.  Tom Lawrence Tom Lawrence May 14, 2018 SHELDON—Sheldon School District superintendent Robin Spears is in his waning days in … Continue reading Sheldon superintendent worried about public education’s future

The Slow and Fast Assault on Public Education

May 14, 2018 HENRY A. GIROUX Since Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, there have been few occasions to feel hopeful about politics. But now we are witnessing a proliferation of causes for hope, as brave students from Parkland, Florida, and equally courageous teachers throughout the United States lead movements of mass demonstrations, walkouts, and strikes. The United States is in the midst of a … Continue reading The Slow and Fast Assault on Public Education

Cooper calls for freezing some tax cuts to give teachers raises

  By Matthew Burns, WRAL.com senior producer/politics editor, & Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday called for freezing tax cuts supposed to take effect next year for businesses and wealthy individuals to free up money to give every public school teacher in North Carolina a raise of at least 5 percent. The proposal was part of Cooper’s $24.54 billion state … Continue reading Cooper calls for freezing some tax cuts to give teachers raises

Roster of NC school closings keeps growing as teachers prepare for May 16 rally

BY T. KEUNG HUI AND ANN DOSS HELMS May 08, 2018 04:29 PM Updated 39 minutes ago   More than half of North Carolina’s public school students will not have classes on May 16 with more school districts weighing Friday whether to cancel classes due to an exodus of teachers going to a rally planned that day in Raleigh. Thousands of teachers from across North … Continue reading Roster of NC school closings keeps growing as teachers prepare for May 16 rally

School accused of throwing away students’ lunches

In this file photo, a student displays her lunch consisting of vegetables, whole wheat bread, fruit, and lowfat milk. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove) (WQOW/CNN) — Some students at a high school in Wisconsin claim staff members have tossed their meals in the trash when they did not have enough money in their accounts. Superintendent Jim Jones said the Stanley-Boyd school district has been cracking down on … Continue reading School accused of throwing away students’ lunches

State takeover of JCPS: What the audit says and the district has done

(Photo: Marty Pearl/Special to Courier Journal) Mandy McLaren, Louisville Courier JournalPublished 11:27 a.m. ET May 7, 2018  In recommending a state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky’s education chief pointed to 10 main problem areas. Those problems, interim education commissioner Wayne Lewis says, show a pattern of widespread dysfunction continues to exist and can only be fixed through full-blown state intervention. But critics say he failed to recognize … Continue reading State takeover of JCPS: What the audit says and the district has done