Baltimore teachers call for donated fans, district resists
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's teacher union is calling for fans to be donated as classrooms are expected to reach sweltering temperatures when students return next month, but the district says...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The former president of the Indianapolis Education Association has entered into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors admitting to embezzling more than $100,000 from the...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top school board refused Tuesday to revise the $3.8 billion public school formula it sent to lawmakers, resisting House Republicans' push to strip a $39 million...
SEATTLE (AP) — The shadow of the past year's teacher protest movement is hanging over state capitals, where officials are piecing together the money to make good on promised pay raises and try to...
Mexico president sets aside education reform
MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ordered his Cabinet ministers Tuesday to ignore the education reforms put in place by the previous administration while congress tries to...
NY lawmakers to hold hearing on education spending
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Spending on elementary and secondary education will be the focus of the next legislative budget hearing in Albany.
Members of the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to gather Wednesday for the hearing, which will feature remarks from state education officials as well as from teacher unions and education advocacy organizations. Superintendents from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers and Utica are also expected to submit testimony.
Teacher strike delayed in Los Angeles
Superintendent backs possible bonus to boost teacher skills
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine says he supports a possible one-time pay incentive for teachers to improve their math education and teaching skills.
Florida taps Republican politician for top education post
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is turning to a longtime Republican politician who has openly clashed with the state's teacher union to be the state's next education commissioner.
The State Board of Education, in a unanimous vote Monday, chose former House Speaker Richard Corcoran to take over the job in February. Corcoran, an attorney, just concluded a two-year term as House speaker and has ties to both former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
Edwards says teacher pay hike will be top priority next year
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As he heads into a re-election campaign year, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that a teacher pay raise will be his "number one priority" in next year's legislative session.
The Democratic governor, elected with the support of teacher unions, said he'll seek a $1,000 across-the-board pay raise for teachers in the 2019 session that begins in April. He said he'll also push for a $500 raise for school support employees, such as cafeteria workers and classroom aides.
Washington teacher strikes escalate with arbitrator request
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Two school districts in Washington state have escalated their fight with teacher unions by calling for the intervention of a state arbitrator in contract talks.
District leaders in Tacoma and Battle Ground are seeking the intervention through the rarely used Public Employment Relations Commission, though any pay recommendations that might result would not be binding.
Judges: No penalties but Washington teacher strikes illegal
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Judges in Washington state ruled against teacher unions for striking, though no penalties were imposed.
School district leaders in Tumwater in Thurston County and Longview in Cowlitz County both filed injunctions after their respective teacher unions went on strike over pay raises.
Florida teacher union sues over new law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's largest teacher's union is suing to try to block implementation of a new law that it says unfairly targets education labor organizations.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure raising public school teacher salaries to a minimum of $40,000 a year.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some educators are at odds over two Oklahoma Education Association leaders' actions during the statewide teacher walkout and have conflicting statements regarding the impeachment effort against those executives.
A seven-line proposal that backers say would help teachers is under fire from Louisiana's two teacher unions.
The measure, House Bill 343, won approval last week in the state House without a vote to spare, 53-36.
However, it faces an uncertain future and got what supporters view as an unfavorable committee assignment in the state Senate, the next step in the legislative process.
Advocates say they are baffled on why teacher groups would not embrace what they call a teacher-protection measure.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on teachers rallying for higher pay and more education funding in several Republican-led states across the U.S. (all times local):
A leader of Oklahoma's largest teacher union says he doesn't think two revenue bills pending in the Senate are enough to prevent a teacher walkout from stretching into next week.
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Florida Gov. Scott signs voucher & college aid bills
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will create the nation's first ever private school voucher program for bullied students under a sweeping education bill signed into law Sunday by Gov. Rick Scott.
As teachers in West Virginia noisily celebrated a 5 percent raise that ended their nine-day walkout, momentum was building elsewhere for similar protests over pay and benefits for the nation's public school teachers.
The St. Paul School District suffers from declining enrollment, student achievement disparities, a $23 million budget deficit for this school year and more financial problems on the horizon. Although there is never a good time for a strike, a work stoppage by the city’s teachers right now would be especially disruptive.
Teacher union head seeks discussion on abuse allegations
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The head of the Providence Teachers Union wants to discuss why dozens of school employees have been placed on administrative leave this year.
Union president Maribeth Calabro says Monday's meeting will focus on what she says are false or fabricated allegations by students. Superintendent Chris Maher and Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza have been asked to attend.
CHELMSFORD -- The head of Chelmsford's teachers' union has been placed on paid administrative leave following an altercation between a state-level union official and Superintendent of Schools Jay Lang on Wednesday.
Police escorted Jennifer Salmon, Chelmsford Federation of Teachers president, and Eric Blanchet, field representative for the American Federation of Teachers, out of Harrington School following the incident.
Gov. Wolf to allow school code law that links teacher layoffs to evaluations
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that he will let a school code bill become law without his signature despite his concerns about how the legislation will change the way Pennsylvania schools handle teacher layoffs.
"Though there are components of the bill that he has concerns about, particularly Republican plans around teacher evaluation and termination, he will allow it to become law but withhold his signature," Wolf spokesman J.J. Abbott said Friday afternoon.
Teacher union drops lawsuit against state, cites new budget
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's largest teachers union and four municipalities are dropping their lawsuit against the state, now that a budget is in place.
The Connecticut Education Association, the city of Torrington and towns of Brooklyn, Stratford and Plainfield, had sought an injunction last month to stop Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy from using his limited executive spending authority to cut $557 million from the majority of Connecticut school districts.
HARTFORD — The state’s largest teacher union has filed a lawsuit over school funding. The top Republican in the state Senate wants an official opinion from the state attorney general on the governor’s powers. And the lobbying group for towns and cities say they’re victims of the state’s historic budget impasse, which threatens to raise local property taxes.
The Massachusetts Teachers Association and other pro-public school groups are calling for Gov. Charlie Baker to fire Paul Sagan as chairman of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education because he made a half-a-million dollar donation to a group backing the Yes on 2 campaign to expand charter schools last year.
Lawsuit: Florida teacher bonus program discriminates
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A group of teachers and Florida's teacher union are going to court to stop the state's "Best and Brightest" teacher bonus program.
The Florida Education Association and seven teachers filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday against the Florida Department of Education and the state's school districts.
The lawsuit alleges that the bonus program discriminates against older teachers, as well as black and Hispanic teachers.
Private school tax credit surprises, riles some in Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic-leaning Illinois is the latest state to direct taxpayer money to private schools, a development that's caught some by surprise and brought condemnation from politically powerful teacher unions and Democrats looking to defeat the Republican governor in 2018.
The Latest: Illinois Senate approves school funding overhaul
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Illinois lawmakers' efforts to approve a school funding overhaul (all times local):
The Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce large disparities between wealthy and poor districts.
Illinois House passes school funding overhaul on 2nd attempt
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House approved an education funding plan Monday that will increase state money for all districts, reduce disparities between rich and poor schools and provide $75 million in tax credits for people who donated to private school scholarships.
Lawmakers voted 73-34 to send the legislation to the Senate, where a vote is expected Tuesday. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who walked the floor of the House after the vote to thank lawmakers, said he will sign it.
The Latest: Illinois House approves school bill on 2nd try
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Illinois lawmakers' efforts to approve a school funding overhaul (all times local):
The Illinois House has approved a new school funding plan on a second attempt, minutes after lawmakers failed to override Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's changes to a separate plan preferred by teacher unions.
Lawmakers voted 73-34 Monday to send the legislation to the Senate. A vote could occur in that chamber as early as Tuesday.
APS OKs pact to open 4 Denver School of Science and Technology charter schools in Aurora
AURORA| A Denver charter school network pitching four new schools in Aurora had its application approved Tuesday by the Aurora Public Schools board — despite concerns by the local teacher union about the long-term effects of adding more charter schools to the APS system.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would allow school systems to deduct up to 10 percent of teachers' unions dues from payroll has passed in a House education subcommittee.
The proposal is opposed by the Tennessee Education Association, the state's largest teacher union.
Indiana House panel advances measure on teacher unions
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are considering a measure that requires state officials to publicize the percentage of teachers who are union members and, in some cases, inform them that they can get rid of or change that representation.
Study finds teacher losses in Louisiana under tenure law
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As many as 1,700 public school teachers in Louisiana have left classrooms because of the state's tougher tenure law, according to a new report released Wednesday.
2 more dead after Guinea announces deal with teacher unions
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Two more people died Tuesday in demonstrations supporting striking teachers after Guinea's government announced an agreement with the country's two largest teacher unions on ending walkouts that have closed schools since the beginning of the month.
With little prospect of undoing the cuts legislators have exacted on school districts, one of New Mexico’s biggest teacher unions is rallying around a state budget it says will at least prevent further reductions in funding.
“We’re talking about holding the line,” Charles Bowyer, executive director of the National Education Association of New Mexico, told teachers and reporters at the Capitol on Monday.
Chamber, teachers union battle over “crybaby” comments
PHOENIX (AP) — The head of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce said on Friday he was taken out of context but that he should have used "more artful" language in describing teachers' unions after coming under fire for calling them "crybabies."
Appeal ruling affects funding for over 30 charter schools
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Funding for more than 30 of Louisiana's 150 public charter schools was placed in doubt by a state appeal court ruling in a case expected to wind up at the state Supreme Court.
Charter schools are public schools, funded with taxpayer dollars but operated by independent organizations under agreements approved by state or local education officials.
Teacher unions vote to ratify contract
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Teachers and support staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have voted to ratify a tentative agreement on their contracts.
The Kenai Peninsula Educational Association and the Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association had reached the tentative deal with the school district in September. The agreement came after more than a year of collective bargaining and an arbitration process, The Peninsula Clarion reported (http://bit.ly/2eDsu27).
Mixed results for latest New Mexico teacher evaluations
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 70 percent of public school teachers in New Mexico are effective or better when it comes to their success in the classroom, but there are just as many teachers who are struggling to make the grade as there are those who have improved over the last two years.
Christie goes to court over teacher union contract rules
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The ability to overrule teacher contracts, not more money, is what New Jersey needs to improve its struggling poorer school districts, Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration argued to the state's highest court Thursday.
The governor wants the Supreme Court to allow the state to override teacher contract rules in 31 mostly urban, poorer districts that the administration says "serve as impediments to a thorough and efficient education."
California court decision keeps teacher tenure protections
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a victory for teacher unions, a divided California Supreme Court decided Monday to let the state's teacher tenure law stand.
Mexico under growing pressure to stop highway blockades
MEXICO CITY (AP) — With a top Mexican business group calling for a tax protest, authorities are under growing pressure to stop blockades of streets and highways by demonstrating teachers.
Radical teacher unions have been blocking roads in southern Mexico for weeks, causing economic losses the business chamber estimates at almost $400 million. The CONCANACO chamber says members may file tax returns showing zero income if the situation continues.