Teachers Are Marching Ahead Of Their Unions, In Oklahoma And Arizona

April 2, 201811:24 AM ET By: CLARE LOMBARDO & Anya Kamentez “I’m 54 years old and my paycheck is $1,980 [a month]. I can’t afford f****** health insurance.” That’s one of the first things Larry Cagle says on the phone. He is spitting nails. The Tulsa English teacher is one of the leaders of a grassroots organizing group, Oklahoma Teachers United, that they say represents … Continue reading Teachers Are Marching Ahead Of Their Unions, In Oklahoma And Arizona

NPR/Ipsos Poll: Most Americans Support Teachers’ Right To Strike

As the wave of teacher walkouts moves to Arizona and Colorado this week, an NPR/Ipsos poll shows strong support among Americans for improving teachers’ pay and for their right to strike. Just 1 in 4 Americans believe teachers in this country are paid fairly. Nearly two-thirds approve of national teachers’ unions, and three-quarters agree teachers have the right to strike. That last figure includes two-thirds of Republicans, three-quarters of independents and … Continue reading NPR/Ipsos Poll: Most Americans Support Teachers’ Right To Strike

Unionized Or Not, Teachers Struggle To Make Ends Meet, NPR/Ipsos Poll Finds

May 2, 2018 By: ANYA KAMENETZ   & LARE LOMBARDO More than 9 in 10 teachers say they joined the profession for idealistic reasons — “I wanted to do good” — but most are struggling to some extent economically. Those findings come from a nationally representative survey by NPR and Ipsos of more than 500 teachers across the country. The poll was conducted in April amid widespread walkouts in several states, … Continue reading Unionized Or Not, Teachers Struggle To Make Ends Meet, NPR/Ipsos Poll Finds

Before They Walk Into A Classroom, These New Teachers Will March On The N.C. Capitol

Cristina Chase Lane (left) and WinnieHope Mamboleo recently graduated from North Carolina State University’s College of Education. May 14, 2018 ARI SHAPIRO ANYA KAMENETZ Last week, teachers-to-be WinnieHope Mamboleo and Cristina Chase Lane marched across the graduation stage at North Carolina State University. This week, they’ll be marching with future colleagues at the state capitol in Raleigh, asking for better pay and better school funding. … Continue reading Before They Walk Into A Classroom, These New Teachers Will March On The N.C. Capitol

Rural Community Rallies For More Public School Funding

By JEANIE LINDSAY MAY 13, 2018 Educators in Farmersburg, Indiana, held a rally Saturday, urging lawmakers to give more attention to rural public schools, specifically when it comes to funding. School money follows the student in Indiana, and the Northeast Sullivan School Corporation has lost a big chunk of per-pupil funding in the past eight years – around $4 million – largely due to students leaving … Continue reading Rural Community Rallies For More Public School Funding

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

Funding Public Education Can Change Our Destiny

The status quo — overcrowded classrooms, a shortage of permanent teachers, turnover and burnout — is no longer acceptable. By David Negaard  / May 14, 2018 Today’s Hawaii public school students are tomorrow’s residents, voters, employees, consumers…but the way things are going, they won’t be residents of Hawaii. With high and rising cost of housing, limited employment opportunities and challenges the public school system currently lacks the … Continue reading Funding Public Education Can Change Our Destiny