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Lesson From CTU Teachers’ Strike: We Need Collaboration To Fix Public Schools

via Amy B. Dean, The Huffington Post “We are striking to improve the conditions in the schools. Right now the children are getting a raw deal.” That statement came from a striking member of the Chicago Teachers’ Union… in 1969. It still resonates in September 2012, when the CTU’s members have again walked a picket … Continue reading

County Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin’s Collective Bargaining Law

via Scott Bauer, The Huffington Post A Wisconsin judge on Friday struck down nearly all of the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers. Walker’s administration immediately vowed to appeal, while unions, which have vigorously fought the law, declared victory. But what the ruling meant … Continue reading

Chicago Teachers Strike, 350,000 Students Out Of School

via NBC News Dozens of churches and community organizations also were opening their doors to students for at least part of the day. John Harvey and Sarah Vanderstow were dropping off their 7-year-old son, Aiden, at the Disney Magnet School, but they were nervous because it was unfamiliar to the second-grader, the Tribune reported. Vanderstow … Continue reading

$1 Million-Plus Grant Studies ‘Galvanic’ Bracelets, Measures Student Engagement

via Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post In the ‘you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff’ category, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is spending about $1.1 million to develop a way to physiologically measure how engaged students are by their teachers’ lessons. This involves “galvanic skin response” bracelets that kids would wear so their engagement levels could be measured. If this … Continue reading

Chicago Teachers’ Union: Nearly 90 Percent Of Teachers Vote To Authorize Strike

via Noreen Ahmed-Ullah and Joel Hood, Chicago Tribune The Chicago Teachers Union says nearly 90 percent of its members have voted to authorize a strike, far more than the required 75 percent. At a news conference announcing results of the vote, CTU President Karen Lewis said they show how the relationship between the Chicago Board … Continue reading

‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Advances In Tennessee

via Julie Hubbard, The Tennessean Tennessee’s elementary and middle school teachers could face more pressure not to talk about homosexuality with their students next year after the so-called Don’t Say Gay bill cleared a House education committee Tuesday. Some Republican leaders have questioned the need for House Bill 229, which prevents the teaching of alternative … Continue reading

Teachers Present ‘Controversial’ Ideas For Longer School Day

via Rosalind Rossi, Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Public Schools should begin the school day with clubs or extracurricular activities to encourage kids to show up on time. It should double the physical education students get — even if it means merely having kids climb stairs or take a brisk walk through the halls. And to ensure … Continue reading

Republican Leaders Oppose Most Of Obama’s Jobs Plan

House Republican leaders came out against nearly all the major proposals in President Obama’s $447 billion job-creation plan Friday, including his middle-class tax cuts and his approach to federal spending on transportation and school construction. In a memo to all House Republicans, the GOP leaders said cutting payroll taxes through 2012 would lead to a … Continue reading

U.S. Education Chief Duncan: Double Teacher Salaries

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that teachers have been “beaten down for too long” and endorsed “doubling’’ their salaries. “We need to elevate teachers,’’ Duncan told a gathering of officials and educators in the fresco-ceiling library of Carl Schurz High School. “I think we need to double salaries for teachers. We need to … Continue reading

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