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Unions for Teachers Score Supreme Court Win in Fee Case

Unions for Teachers Score Supreme Court Win in Fee Case

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the clearest sign yet of the impact of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, conservative opponents of labor unions on Tuesday lost a high-profile Supreme Court dispute they once seemed likely to win. The justices announced they were divided 4-4 in a case that considered whether unions representing government employees can collect fees […]

Opinion: Education Works When Schools Truly Inform Parents

Opinion: Education Works When Schools Truly Inform Parents

Last spring, the mother of an eighth grader living in a community just outside of Brownsville, Texas, went to the offices of her daughter’s school. A tall, strong and stern looking woman, the mother is a respectful, patient and kind person. After three trips to the office, the mother finally got an appointment with the […]

‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Program Aims to Keep Youth in School

‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Program Aims to Keep Youth in School

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is hoping that caring mentors will help stop students from skipping school.  The Obama administration announced plans Friday to connect more than 1 million students who miss major amounts of school time with mentors in hopes of turning that around. Officials say that as many as 7.5 million children […]

The Case for Ethnic Studies in All Schools So Students Can Excel

The Case for Ethnic Studies in All Schools So Students Can Excel

In 2010, a coalition of students, parents, teachers, and community advocates organized to win a pilot Ethnic Studies course in five San Francisco high schools. After implementation of the pilot, we continued to work together to evolve the curriculum and plan for its future expansion throughout district. In 2014, Sandra Fewer, a San Francisco Board […]

Call for Illinois Takeover of Chicago Public Schools Causes a Stir

Call for Illinois Takeover of Chicago Public Schools Causes a Stir

CHICAGO (AP) — Backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, top Illinois Republicans called Wednesday for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools, which faces a nearly $1 billion budget deficit that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs and a possible strike in a matter of months. Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno called […]

Unions for Govt. Workers Could Be Weakened by SCOTUS

Unions for Govt. Workers Could Be Weakened by SCOTUS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest teachers union in Michigan still represents Jason LaPorte at the bargaining table, but he no longer pays anything to support the union. LaPorte and thousands of other public school teachers stopped contributing to the union after the state’s new right-to-work law took effect in 2013. Membership in the Michigan Education […]

On Why Partnerships Are Crucial to Education

Catherine Cushinberry serves as the national executive director for Parents for Public Schools, which has its national office in Jackson, Mississippi. Listen to her thoughts about improving education for all students in the country. Her organization works with parents, community members, teachers and administrators to make public schools better. This interview was recorded in November […]

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