West Virginia Lawmakers Out to Punish Educators for Taking a Stand – Education Article

(Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP) In October, the West Virginia Legislature promised to give educators a pay raise. It failed to deliver on that promise and so a special session was called to hash out the details. As many suspected, strings would be attached. “Not exactly an earth-shattering revelation,” wrote Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, in an editorial in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, “but even we’re a little shocked at how far West Virginia’s [senate] has gone…

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Teachers Paying for Their Own Substitutes? Believe it or Not, It Happens. – Education Article

A San Francisco second-grade teacher who, due to state law, must pay the cost of a substitute educator while she seeks treatment for breast cancer has made national headlines after parents at her school started an online GoFundMe campaign to cover her costs. “Parents were outraged and incredulous—like, this can’t be. There must be some kind of mistake!” one parent told the San Francisco Chronicle. But the situation, which has outraged parents and captured the attention of state lawmakers, isn’t…

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Clever, Funny, and Fiery: The Best of #RedforEd Protest Signs – Education Article

Crumbling desks and tattered textbooks. Large class sizes. Multiple jobs. Stagnant salaries. Unsustainable pensions. These were some of the issues educators brought to the forefront during the wave of #RedForEd rallies, walkouts, protests, job actions, and strikes. The issues run deep. Yet, educators and their supporters still found a way to lighten the mood with fun, pithy rally sign. Click to view slideshow. This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Tim Walker Read Full Article

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“If We Don’t Do Something, It’s Never Going to Change” – Education Article

(photo: Joe Brusky) At the panel discussion on educator walkouts at the National Education Writers Association (EWA) conference this week, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia was asked what was driving this unprecedented activism happening across the country, including the latest action in Oregon this week. “A moment in West Virginia became a movement,” Eskelsen Garcia said. “It is inspiring. It’s energizing. And it’s always a little scary because no one knows how these things will turn out, but so far we’ve had…

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The Best and Worst of 2018 in Public Education – Education Article

2018 was by most measures a pretty great year for public education. It seemed that finally – finally – the conversation about the future of public education was headed in the right direction. The country was actually listening to educators. There were many other successes for public schools in 2018, but also enough disappointments and outrages to splash a little cold water on any year-end celebration. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights for 2018. (It’s hardly an exhaustive…

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L.A. Teachers Ready to Strike – Education Article

Photo: Joe Brusky Anyone who may have been under the impression that the #RedforEd movement was just a “2018 story” better brace themselves. Thirty-three thousand educators in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) – the second largest district in the country –  are on the verge of striking to halt years of budget cuts, ballooning class size, and the expansion of unaccountable charter schools. Six hours north in the Bay Area, Oakland educators are also gearing up for a possible…

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